World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian coup bloc is divided after the the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces gave the green light for Field Marshal Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi to run for president in response to "popular demands".
An Egyptian leftist coalition led by former presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi's Popular Current, in a statement, described the army's reported "mandate" as an "establishment of the impression that al-Sisi will be contesting in the elections as the armed forces' candidate."
The Popular Current - an umbrella group of leftist movements and parties - expressed surprise at the army's position, saying it was "needless and unjustified."
The group went on to express concern over what it described as "crushing the spirit of political competition and equality of opportunities."
The Popular Current took part in campaigning for the June 30 protests last year which led to the military removal of Morsi – the country's first freely elected President - on July 3.
Late last year, Sabbahi announced he consider running for office during the upcoming presidential elections, expected within a few months.
Sabbahi came third in Egypt's last presidential elections in 2012 behind Morsi and former premier Ahmed Shafiq.
Former army chief of staff seeks Brotherhood support for Egypt presidential bid
Meanwhile, former chief of staff of the Egyptian army Gen. Sami Anan has sought to win the support of the Muslim Brotherhood for his bid to run for Egypt's president in return for reversing a ban on the movement.
"Anan has asked to meet Brotherhood leaders at home and abroad to win their support in the next presidential elections in return for 'privileges' atop of which is lifting the ban on the Brotherhood," the sources said.
"But Brotherhood leaders have rejected his offer and refused to meet him," the sources added.
Local media predict that Anan would unveil his bid to run in the anticipated presidential elections within days.
His main support campaign has said that the former chief of staff would open nine offices for his presidential campaign across Egypt and three offices in Arab countries.
The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, as a terrorist group last month following a deadly bombing in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, though the group denied any link to the attack.
Interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday modified the transitional roadmap to open the door for holding the presidential elections ahead of the parliamentary elections.
But the Muslim Brotherhood insists that the interim president does not have the right to set the date of the presidential elections, because "he is not a legitimate president", the sources said.
Signatures for Sisi
A petition campaign aiming to convince Egypt's Defense Minister Abdal-Fatah al-Sisi to run for presidency in the upcoming presidential elections has announced that it has gathered 24 million signatures to press the top general to run.
"The campaign has managed to collect 24 million signatures from Egyptians to pressure al-Sisi to run for president," Refaei Nasrallah, coordinator of 'Kamel Gemelak' (complete your favor), told a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday.
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