Monday, January 13, 2014

Presidential Run Likely for Egypt’s Top General

 Egypt’s top military officer on Saturday, January the 11th, presented the clearest indication, yet he sees this week’s referendum on a revised Constitution as a introduction to a bid for the presidency, moving to strengthen his power after his upheaval of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The officer, General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, promptly emerged as Egypt’s supreme decision maker after the military takeover in July, but he had previously left some doubt about whether he would try to add the formal title of president or remain the power behind the scenes. On Saturday, though, he all but clearly announced he would run by linking his potential presidential candidacy to the constitutional referendum on Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing of his statement insinuated that he would view a yes vote as a demonstration of his mandate to seek the presidency. It is also the first effort to add formal democratic legitimacy to his ouster of Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president. For more information, click Here.

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