World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Thursday he backed General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president, one of the highest-level endorsements for a widely expected presidential bid by the army chief.
Sisi, who deposed president Mohamed Morsi in July after mass protests against his year-long rule, has yet to announce his candidacy for an election that could happen as soon as March or April.
"General Sisi has a very strong popular support and definitely he is a candidate who we can count on but of course the final judge is the people," Beblawi told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Sisi is seen as the only real contender for the presidency. He enjoys broad support among Egyptians who rallied against Morsi's rule.
The prospect of a more stable political order has helped the stock market to hit three-year highs this month.
The army-backed authorities are pressing ahead with a political transition plan designed to lead to presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.
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