Morsi's son: Coup leaders eye Egypt power

"Now it is clear that the leaders of the military coup are distributing the power bounty among each other," Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency over the phone.

Morsi's son: Coup leaders eye Egypt power

World Bulletin / News Desk

The son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said on Wednesday that a presidential candidacy by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi proves that the "coup leaders" aimed to usurp Egypt's power.

"Now it is clear that the leaders of the military coup are distributing the power bounty among each other," Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency over the phone.

"Egypt, however, is far larger than this coup and this greed and the will of the people will prevail at the end in all forms of peacefulness," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, al-Sisi resigned his post and declared his intention to run for president.

Al-Sisi's announcement puts to an end to speculation about whether or not he would run for president in the upcoming election, whose date has not been decided yet.

Morsi's backers call his ouster by the military as a "coup", while opponents term it a "military-backed revolution".

Osama said that his father would remain committed to the democratic process by rejecting the "military coup".

"He [Morsi] would not rest before he brings the coup leaders to court for shedding the blood of Egyptians," he added.

Anti-coup bloc  decries al-Sisi's candidacy

Leaders of the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has denounced a candidacy by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to run for president, saying the move reflects that the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi was a "military coup".

"This shows the world that what happened on July 3 was a military coup," Alaa Abul-Nasr, a senior leader of the Construction and Development Party, the political army of Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya, told Anadolu Agency over the phone on Wednesday.

"Al-Sisi's resignation will not exonerate him from blame for the bloodshed he caused or stop the relatives of the victims from demanding justice," Abul-Nasr said.

Hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed when their protest camps were violently dispersed by security forces in Cairo mid-August.

Abul-Nasr argued that supporters of Morsi's ouster should learn that they were defending a "fascist military coup that killed thousands of people and now seeks to take power".

For his part, Emam Youssef, a senior member of the Salafist Asala Party, said al-Sisi's presidential candidacy is part of a wider plan for "usurping" the constitutional legitimacy.

"This included the ouster of the elected president, dissolving the elected parliament and killing and detaining thousands of people," Youssef told AA.

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