Egypt needs alternative to Islamists and military: Former candidate Sabbahi

Ahram Online, Monday 18 Jun 2012

Eliminated Nasserist presidential candidate, Sabbahi, announces he is working on a national coalition to face the military and Islamist's domination of Egyptian politics

Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo : Reuters)

Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi, who came in third place in the first round of Egypt's presidential elections, stressed on Sunday that Egypt needs an alternative to the two powers currently dominating Egyptian politics.

“Egypt now, more than ever, needs an organised, national force to introduce an alternative to the ruling military and Islamist’s domination,” said the former candidate.

He and other revolutionaries, Sabbahi confirmed, are already working to build this national force.

Egypt’s presidential elections runoffs witnessed sharp competition between Mubarak’s ex-prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.

Initial results from various governorates indicate that Morsi holds a small lead.

Aside from commenting on the state of politics in Egypt, the leftist former candidate also rejected the recently published addendum to the Constitutional Declaration. He described it as a power monopoly on the part of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and “a hijacking of Egypt’s future - something we will not remain silent on.”


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