Egyptian army denies Sisi planning to run for president

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An Egyptian army spokesman denied on Friday reports that army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking to run for president in future presidential elections.

Egyptian armed forces spokesperson Ahmad Mohammad Ali said reports suggesting that Sisi, the army general who led the overthrow of former Islamist president Mohammad Mursi, plans to run for president are “not based on established facts.”

In a statement Mohammad Ali added said neither Sisi nor any other military official has signaled intention to run for president.

In a previous press interview, Mohammad Ali said Sisi had the right to run for president if he retires from military service, prompting speculations that the army is planning to clinch the presidency in the planned presidential elections.

The report strengthened the position of Islamists who have been demonstrating against Sisi for his role in the overthrow of Mursi.

On Friday, thousands of Egyptians, mainly from the Islamist parties, protested nationwide against Sisi, demanding the reinstatement of Mursi.

Thousands others demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir square to show support for a political roadmap laid by Sisi following Mursi’s ouster.

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