CAIRO - Egypt's April 6 protest group, which helped topple Hosni Mubarak in 2011, spoke out on Wednesday against any attempt by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to seek the presidency, saying this would be divisive and destabilizing.

Field Marshal Sisi, who is also defense minister, told a military gathering on Tuesday he would soon begin official procedures for registering his candidacy because he could not "turn his back on calls by the majority of Egyptians".

April 6 at first backed Sisi's removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, but, like some other secular groups, has since returned to its former stance opposing army-backed rule.

"The defense minister's candidacy for the post of president of the republic would not be in the interest of the divided nation and will not achieve the objectives of the revolution," April 6 said on its official Facebook page.

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