I'll leave without military intervention if the people demand it: El-Sisi

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 May 2014

Egypt's former army chief and presidential contender says he'd leave his post if the Egyptian people called for him to

Snapshot from Egypt's State Television, Presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi speaks during an interview in a nationally televised broadcast in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (Photo: State TV)

Egypt's presidential hopeful and former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in an interview with Sky News Arabia on Sunday that the army wouldn't have to intervene if Egyptians came out against him, were he to become the country's next president. 

El-Sisi, who is expected to win the coming elections, said he would step down if people demanded him to.

"The Egyptian army belongs to its people and is partial to them when it has to [choose a side]," he asserted.

In a recent interview on Egyptian satellite channel CBC, El-Sisi said that he disapproves of protests and was in support of the current protest law, which many political groups are rallying against to demand its amendment.

El-Sisi also said in Sunday's interview that he has no enmity or vendetta against the Muslim Brotherhood, whose president he ousted in 2013 after mass protests calling for his overthrow.

The Brotherhood attempted to impose their religious views as superior to everyone else's, which he is against, he said.

Egypt's presidential elections are to be held on 26 and 27 May. El-Sisi's only contender is leftist politician and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.

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