Electoral battle between supporters of presidential candidates begins
Both presidential candidates Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7(Archive)
By MUHAMMAD GHAMRAWY

CAIRO: A war of statements between the supporters of former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi erupted as presidential elections scheduled for May 26-27 approach.

In a Saturday interview with CBC TV channel, Hassan Shahin, a member of Sabbahi’s campaign, criticized Sisi’s program saying, “Sisi’s proposals to tackle Egypt’s energy, unemployment and financial ills through the projects he referenced are unrealistic and cannot be implemented.”

Shahin, who was member of the Tamrod movement that called for Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, added that it was not “fitting for a state such as Egypt, which underwent two revolutions, to rely on foreign aid.” He also slammed Sisi’s proposition to solve unemployment by allocating 1,000 vehicles to youths so they can sell food and vegetables in poor areas at affordable prices.

Asked about his candidate’s program, Shahin said the platform is centered on linking the private and public sectors, in addition to redistributing the state’s wealth and rationing government expenses.

On the other hand, Sisi supporters shared a video on Facebook of Sabbahi  greeting and congratulating the Muslim Brotherhood’s Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat el-Shater during a conference, alluding to an old relation between him and the MB which was designated as a terrorist group last year, however of the exact date and circumstances of  the conference are not clear.

On his TV show Saturday, TV presenter Amr Adeeb criticized Sabbahi’s statements that he had publicly opposed Morsi while Sisi was giving him a military salute.

“If you see Sisi as a killer…say now before he becomes president,” Adeeb said, addressing Sabbahi, adding that while Sisi faced Morsi by himself; Sabbahi was standing among millions.

Interviews with the two presidential candidates were aired last week and Sisi is widely expected to win the race by a landslide.

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