Shafiq announces he will not run for president
Ahmed Shafiq - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former Presidential Candidate Ahmed Shafiq announced on his twitter account Thursday he will not run for president and he supports Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Sisi did not make any announcement about his decision to run yet but many expected him to announce soon, especially since reported news about opening the door for candidates for the upcoming elections after 23 March.

“I confirm that I am not a candidate for the presidential elections,” Shafiq said.

He said he does not have any electoral campaigns and the recent rumors were spread about his running for president were created by the Muslim Brotherhood to spark subversion. He said in a leaked record that the upcoming 2014 elections could be “manipulated in favor of Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.”

Rassd News Network published a recording of Shafiq saying that he will not withdraw from the elections because he supports Sisi but because he had doubts on whether it would be a “fair fight.”

Port Said University political professor Gamal Zahran told The Cairo Post that Shafiq was reaffirming his tendency to not run for president after posters of him running for president were distributed in the streets.

“Even if he announced his candidacy, he will not win given Sisi’s popularity if he decides to run,” Zahran said.

Zahran said the withdrawal of the two former military officials Sami Anan and Ahmed Shafiq is in favor of Sisi, while social activist Khaled Ali’s withdrawal is in favor of Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, who officially announced a week ago that he will run for the upcoming presidential elections.

Shafiq ran for president in 2012 and lost to ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Hamdeen Sabbahi also ran for president and lost to the last run of Shafiq and Morsi.

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