World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday advised Egyptians to vote for former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in the country's forthcoming elections, which are scheduled for May 26 and 27.
"You do not have any other option," Mubarak told the private newspaper Al-Masri Al-Youm.
Last week, Al-Sisi resigned from his post as Egypt's defense minister and unveiled his intention to run for president.
The octogenarian ex-president was ousted by a popular uprising in early 2011. He now receives medical treatment at a southern Cairo military hospital.
Mubarak said the U.S. administration piles pressures on Egypt to allow the Muslim Brotherhood into Egypt's political life.
"They tell us that we cannot get planes unless the Brotherhood returns to the political life," Mubarak reportedly told the newspaper. "They [the U.S. administration] had done this with me, but I had never bowed to their pressures."
Last October, Washington suspended the delivery of arms, including Apache helicopters, as well as a financial aid of $260 million, to Egypt over what it called the slow path of democratic process in Egypt.
Mubarak told the newspaper that Egypt should not depend on aid from the Gulf Arab countries, which have so far given Egypt billions of dollars in cash aid and petroleum assistance.
Asked about veteran politician Hamdeen Sabahi, al-Sisi's main potential rival in the election, Mubarak reportedly said that Sabahi is not fit to rule Egypt.Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 10:17