Egypt interim PM backs army chief Sisi for president

By REUTERS
January 23, 2014 13:59

 
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DAVOS - Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Thursday he backed General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president, one of the highest-level endorsements for a widely expected presidential bid by the army chief.


Sisi, who deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July after mass protests against his year-long rule, has yet to announce his candidacy for an election that could happen as soon as March or April.


"General Sisi has a very strong popular support and definitely he is a candidate who we can count on but of course the final judge is the people," Beblawi told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Sisi is seen as the only real contender for the presidency. He enjoys broad support among Egyptians who rallied against Mursi's rule. His supporters depict him as a national hero for deposing Mursi, but the Islamist opposition depicts him as the mastermind of a bloody coup against a freely elected leader.


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