A petition campaign aiming to convince Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi to run for presidency in the upcoming presidential elections has announced that it has gathered 16 million signatures to press the top general to run.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Refaei Nasrallah, founder of 'Kamel Gemelak' (complete your favor), said that his campaign aimed to garner 30 million signatures to convince the army chief to run for president.
"We believe that he (al-Sisi) will not refuse to serve the Egyptian people," he said.
Calls have grown in recent weeks for the country's defense minister, the chief architect of the July 3 military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, to run for the next president.
Several web pages and campaigns have recently popped up, particularly on social-networking site Facebook, touting al-Sisi for president.
Last month, military spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali said on Sunday that the general does not intend to run in the elections and stressed that the military will not support a specific candidate in the presidential election, including those with military backgrounds.
But al-Sisi, during a recent interview with the independent Al-Masry Al-Youm, left the door open for running in the upcoming presidential election.Last Mod: 07 Kasım 2013, 10:54