Posters back Egyptian army chief for president

By REUTERS
October 26, 2011 21:37

 
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CAIRO - Posters calling for the head of Egypt's military council to run for president appeared around central Cairo on Wednesday, alarming activists who said associates of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak are behind the campaign.

They portrayed a smiling Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who became Egyptian leader for a transitional period until elections after the armed forces sided with an uprising that overthrew Mubarak on Feb. 11.

Army officers have denied the armed forces would field a presidential candidate but many Egyptians believe they could back someone with a military background, like all of Egypt's past presidents.

The posters glued to buildings in public places showed Tantawi in uniform with the Egyptian flag as the backdrop. "A popular demand for stability", they said, referring to Tantawi who heads the 24-member ruling military council.

The campaign, run by a youth group called "Egypt Above All", said it aimed to gather a million signatures to back Tantawi. The army said it would comment on the campaign in due course.

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