x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Egypt’s army rebukes Kuwaiti report of El Sisi candidacy

Army says the Kuwait newspaper misinterpreted a statement from Egypt's top military commander Abdel Fattah El Sisi that he has decided to run in the presidential election scheduled for April.

CAIRO // Egypt’s army said today a Kuwaiti newspaper “misinterpreted” remarks by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi in which he said he would run for president.

The army said he would announce such a decision only to the Egyptian people.

Kuwait newspaper Al-Seyassah published an interview with Field Marshal El Sisi today in which he was quoted as saying he would run in the presidential election due to be held before mid-April.

“What was published by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah is nothing but journalistic interpretations that are not direct declarations from Field Marshal Sisi,” the army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said.

Field Marshal El Sisi’s “decision to run or not for the presidency is a personal decision that he will announce personally before ... the Egyptian people and not anyone else, through clear and direct words” Col Ali said.

The Kuwaiti report came a week after the country’s top military body endorsed the candidacy of Field Marshal El Sisi, who removed Mohammed Morsi as president in July following massive protests against the Islamist leader.

“Yes, the matter has been decided and I have no choice but to respond to the call of the Egyptian people,” Field Marshal El Sisi said according to Al Seyassah when asked if he has decided to run for presidency.

“The call [of the people] has been heard everywhere and I will not reject it. I will seek a renewal of confidence of the people through free voting.”

* Agence France-Presse