Official: Egypt’s new president must be civilian

Egypt’s constituent assembly Chairman Amr Moussa looks on during a news conference in Cairo December 15, 2013. (Reuters)

Egypt’s next president “must be a civilian,” said the head of the constitution-drafting committee, Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Thursday.

If army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi runs for the presidency, he “must abandon his post,” Amr Moussa told the newspaper.

“What we need is for people to be reassured by a patriotic man whom they want, and who leads the country to what’s better,” said Moussa, a former presidential candidate and former Arab League chief.

“What we’re beginning today is a democratic system. If Sisi becomes a candidate, we want to elect him for four years on the basis of democracy. For him to serve another term, he must run for the post again,” said Moussa.

According to the constitution, “only two terms are allowed,” he added.

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