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Egyptian army denies El-Sisi election manifesto claims

Army denies its engineering authority is supervising the drafting of Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's election manifesto

Ahram Online, Thursday 13 Mar 2014
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Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a ceremony to mark the end of the basic military training preparation period for college students and military academics at the military college in Cairo, in this March 4, 2014 (Photo: Egypt's Ministry of Defence)
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The Egyptian army has denied its engineering authority is supervising the drafting of Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's election manifesto.

The claim was made in Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper on Wednesday.

The authority contributes to a variety of state projects and its responsibilities are non-political, the statement added.     

It is El-Sisi`s personal decision whether he will stand for president and he will announce this at the appropriate time, the statement continued.

It also called on the media to refrain from spreading "rumours" that could undermine the status of the armed forces.

Media organisations must check the credibility of the news they publish, the statement instructed, and abide by the constitution.

El-Sisi is yet to state publicly whether he will run in the upcoming election.

The election date has not been set but it will be before 18 April, according to a recent presidential decree.

Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi is the only person to announce he will stand in the election.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has empowered El-Sisi, the army chief and defence minister, to run for president.

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