Head of Egyptian Army Announces He's Running for President
Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi resigned Wednesday in order to announce his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency — an office left vacant by the coup he helped organize.
“I cannot make miracles. Rather, I propose hard work and self-denial,” said el-Sissi, who is also defense minister. He is opposed by leftest Hamdeen Sabahi and the Muslim Brotherhood, most of whose leaders are currently in jail.
A court Monday sentenced 529 Muslim Brothers to death. An additional 919 members of the organization, which briefly held power after Egypt’s first-ever free presidential elections, are about to go on trial for murder and terrorism in the same province.
According to Reuters, el-Sissi is a divisive figure: “Many see him as the kind of strong man needed to stabilize a country in crisis. But he is reviled by the Islamist opposition as the mastermind of a coup against a freely elected leader.”
— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer