CAIRO: Presidential Candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi denied reports he would accept the post of prime minister if he lost the election in a Thursday interview with ONTV.
“I am not satisfied with the media coverage of my electoral campaign and I hoped it to be more professional and impartial,” Sabbahi told the channel.
State-run Al-Ahram had reported that Sabbahi said he would accept a prime minister post if he were nominated by the president, although Sabbahi’s campaign quickly denied it on their Facebook page, saying that such appointments would have to be made by the parliament.
Sabbahi told ONTV that he accepts the growing amount of articles that criticize him, and he hopes the criticism lasts in case he wins.
Sabbahi garnered 5.4 percent of the expatriate vote that concluded this past Monday, with his challenger Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with 94.5 percent of votes.
Sabbahi told ONTV that the expatriate voting was a “victory” for the June 30 protests, and that voting abroad is “not an indication” of the voting inside Egypt.
“We are responsible to achieve the dream of great Egyptians to establish a successful state that meets the goals of the revolution and the poor people,” Sabbahi said.
The presidential elections are scheduled for May 26 and 27.