Mubarak’s last PM backs army’s Sisi for Egyptian president, and could run for presidency
Interview d’Ahmed Shafiq.
In an interview with Dream 2 television station, Shafiq said he would run for president if he had broad support but he would not contest an election if Sisi did.
“May God give him good fortune. We would all support him and I am the first one to support him,” said Shafiq, who came second to Mursi in the presidential election in 2012. “If Sisi is nominated I will not run.”
Shafiq was one of an array of candidates who ran in last year’s election, the first time Egyptians freely chose their head of state. The vote was preceded by months of frenzied campaigning, in stark contrast to now.
Even if Sisi does not run, analysts say the military will remain at the heart of power, curbing the influence of the next head of state.
Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist politician who came third in the 2012 election, has also said Sisi would win, while sidestepping questions on his own intentions.
Analysts have suggested retired or serving military officers would run. Sisi was head of military intelligence under Hosni Mubarak. Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who came fifth in the election, is also seen as a possible contender.
The Brotherhood has accused Sisi of trying to rehabilitate the old order that ran Egypt for 30 years under Mubarak.
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