CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi said Wednesday that if he does not win the presidential elections, he might accept becoming Egypt’s prime minister, the state-run Al-Ahram reported.
In an interview with Al-Ahram, the leftist politician said he was confident about his chances of winning, but if he lost the presidential bid, he would remain in the opposition camp.
“If I lose the presidential bid, I will not take on a political post like vice president, but I might accept prime minister if nominated by the majority of parliament,” Sabbahi said.
However, the Facebook page for the Sabbahi campaign denied he made these comments, and cited an earlier Sabbahi statement saying that if he lost the presidential bid, he would not accept any executive position.
The High Presidential Electoral Commission (HPEC) announced Wednesday the final tally of Egyptian expat votes. According to HPEC, the final vote count shows that 318,033 expats cast their ballots at 141 polling stations in 124 countries. Sabbahi won 17,207 (5.5 percent) of these votes, and his opponent, former military chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won 296,628 votes (94.5 percent).
But Sabbahi has said he believes these results to be fair, and expects that the regular elections, held from May 26-27, will be transparent.
“I don’t fear ballot-rigging in spite of clear bias from state institutions in favor of Sisi,” he said.
Sabbahi also said that trends seen in expat voting will not reflect the overall outcome of the election.
“In the 2012 poll, I came in fifth in Egyptian expat votes, but I came in third when the final results were declared,” Sabbahi said. “Those who think the result is settled do not follow the Egyptian political arena closely, nor are they aware of the diversity of public opinion.”