CAIRO - Egypt's army will not propose a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, its military ruler said on Wednesday, denying speculation that it may have in mind a military nominee who could be seen as out of step with a transition to democracy.
Many Egyptians have become suspicious of military intentions as the shift away from decades of autocratic rule has dragged, suspecting it may want to hold onto power from behind the scenes even after handing over day-to-day government.
The army council says it has no such aims. But its failure to outline a clear transition timetable has fueled doubts.
A parliamentary election starts on Nov. 28, but will take months to complete, while no date has yet been set for the presidential vote. Analysts say a presidential vote may not take place until late 2012 or early 2013.
The official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi "denied the existence of a candidate for the military establishment in the future presidential election."