Opponents furious as Sisi starts election campaign

Egypt's state television on Thursday broadcast a video showing former army chief and potential presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi visiting the premises of his election campaign.

Opponents furious as Sisi starts election campaign

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former army chief and presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that he will not draft an "unreal" program for his bid to run for Egypt's president.

"I will not draft an unreal electoral program," al-Sisi said in statements to the private Al-Watan newspaper.

"The program will be realistic and applicable and will be accompanied by a timeframe," he said, going on to say that he will communicate with the citizens to review his electoral program.

Egypt's state television on Thursday broadcast a video showing former army chief and potential presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi visiting the premises of his election campaign.

The video showed al-Sisi in a black civilian suit and shaking hands with some people who are apparently members of the campaign.

Al-Sisi discussed with his electoral campaign members issues related to his presidential bid as well as his electoral platform, according to state television.

Meanwhile, some sources said that ex- foreign minister and former presidential candidate Amr Moussa, who headed the constitution-amending committee following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, will be the head of al-Sisi's presidential campaign, along with 18 advisers.

On Wednesday, al-Sisi resigned and announced his intention to run for president in the nation's elections, whose date has not yet been set.

Al-Sisi had led the army to unseat elected president Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, last summer following massive protests against his administration.

Anti-coup activists rally against al-Sisi's candidacy

Egyptian anti-coup activists staged rallies late on Thursday in protest at a presidential candidacy by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Rallies set out in several districts in the Giza province, west of Cairo, with demonstrators rejecting a decision by al-Sisi to run in Egypt's upcoming presidential election.

Backers of the ousted president also demonstrated in the central Beni Sueif province to demand the release of anti-coup activists detained by security forces in recent months.

The anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy organized several human chains in the central Fayoum province.

Leftist candidate wants Egypt army to remain away from politics

Egypt's potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi on Thursday called on the country's new defense minister and army chief Sedki Sobhi to keep the military away from politics.

In a Twitter comment, Sabahi expressed hope that Sobhi "would maintain the role of the army in countering terrorism and protecting Egypt, away from political conflicts".

Sobhi was sworn in as defense minister on Thursday to succeed Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who resigned on Wednesday and announced his intention to run for president in the nation's next presidential election, whose date has not been decided yet.

A leftist candidate and a former lawmaker, Sabahi is so far al-Sisi's main rival in the elections.

He ran in the 2012 presidential elections and came third to Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, who was elected president in 2012 but was ousted by the military last July.

Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 10:04
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