Egyptian called ‘Mursi’ wants to change name to ‘Sisi’

Graffiti depicting Egypt's Islamist President Mohammad Mursi covers an outer wall of the presidential palace in Cairo. (File photo: AP)

Can sharing a name with a recently-ousted president make your name unbearable? For one Egyptian man, the answer is a resounding yes.

A 53-year-old merchant, who has the first name of the deposed Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, has decided he wants to officially change his name to “al-Sisi” after the country’s widely popular army chief. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had led Mursi’s ouster in July 2013.

According to local Egyptian media, Mursi Metwali decided on the name change last month in the wake of a deadly car bombing that targeted a police headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

His store had been damaged in the bombing, while the military-backed government blamed the attack on the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood and declared it a terrorist group.

“I could no longer bear hearing people calling me Mursi,” the trader, a father of three, was quoted as saying.

“The disasters caused by the toppled president when he was in power and the Mansoura explosion have all prompted me to change my name.”

Now, Mursi wants to be named after the man that has seen immense popular support since the Islamist president’s ouster. Gen. Sisi, 59, has even been tipped to become the country’s next president and while he is yet to announce his nomination, speculation is rife.

“The name change will also require changes in all my official documents including those of the marriage certificate and birth certificates of my three girls,” Metwalli added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42