Sisi’s run for president may harm military: Aboul Fotouh
Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh
ABDEL-WAHAB AL-GENDY

CAIRO: The head of the Strong Egypt Party Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh said Sunday that calls for Minister of Defense General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for president may harm the military.
This would mire the military in the “swamp” of politics, distracting it from its core duty of securing the country, the former presidential candidate added in an interview on the Al-Hayah Al-Youm TV show on the privately-owned Al-Hayat satellite channel.
“Those who want General Sisi to run for presidentdo not want the good for the military institution,” Aboul Fotouh said. “Sisi runningis an insult to the institution which he represents, implying that he was seeking the presidency when he led the June 30 revolution.”
“The patriotic armed forces must be kept safe and away from the swamp of politics,” he added.
Military spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali said last week that Sisi has no political ambitions and will not run for the presidency, adding that Sisi’s entire ambitions are fulfilled in his current post.
Aboul Fotouh came forth in the first round of the 2012 presidential elections with nearly 4 million votes,composing 17.5% of all valid votes.
Aboul Fotouh said Sunday he will not run for the presidency except in one case, “I will run for the presidency if there are no other candidates thatfulfill what the people are demanding,” he said.
Aboul Fotouh said he does not support reinstating ousted President Mohamed Morsi, “My stance never changes when regimes change.”
He added that his party participated in the civil struggle against Morsi by demanding early presidential elections, which is what Morsi should have done immediately without military intervention.
“I was against Morsi’s last speech and his handling of Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam’s crisis, but that doesn’t justify ousting him.” Aboul Fotouh said
He concluded, “If I were a Muslim Brotherhood leader, I would stop calling for demonstrations and violent acts.”

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