Nov 22 2013
So much so, Secretary of State John Kerry appears to be backing away from the Obama Regime’s despicable support of the Muslim Brotherhood, both before and after the ouster of Mohamed Morsi as president.
Daily News Egypt Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, held open the possibility he might run for the presidency in an interview published on Thursday. Sisi, 59, deposed the Islamist Morsi in July following mass protests against his rule. He has since emerged as a popular figure to many Egyptians and his supporters want him to run for president in an election expected next year.
Asked by the Kuwaiti newspaperal-Seyassah whether he was a candidate for the presidency, Sisi said: “Would that satisfy all the people? Would that satisfy some of the foreign powers, and does this mean working to find solutions for Egypt’s problems? In any case, let’s see what the days bring.”
It is widely assumed Sisi would win an election, meaning the presidency would once again be controlled by the military establishment that dominated state affairs for decades after the overthrew the monarchy in 1952. Sisi holds the position of deputy prime minister in the interim administration installed by the military after Morsi,Egypt’s first civilian head of state, was ousted. Sisi also holds the post of defense minister.
Though the election is expected in around six months’ time, none of the politicians defeated by Morsi in last year’s election have declared their candidacy this time around, as Sisi keeps the country guessing about his intentions.
The interview showed how Sisi’s influence over state affairs now goes well beyond the realm of defense. On foreign affairs, he said a shift in Egypt’s alliances was “out of the question” in response to speculation that Cairo was distancing itself from the United States after it suspended military aid. “It is unwise to have relations with this (state) or that, and to change your alliances because of certain positions. This is not the politics of states,” he told the Kuwaiti newspaper.
Egypt’s ties with the United States deteriorated after the army overthrew Morsi. Last month, Washington suspended some military aid to Cairo, pending progress on democracy. The United States has supplied Egypt with billions of dollars in military and other aid since it signed a 1979 peace treaty with Israel. A visit by senior Russian officials to Cairo last week fueled speculation that Egypt was looking for new allies.
That echoed comments last week by Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din, who said there had been “a change of understanding” in Washington about events in Egypt.
In apparent reference to Western governments, Sisi said: “Some of the states that supported the Brotherhood’s rule and their authoritarian practices today realise that what happened on June 30 was not a military coup but a popular revolution.” He was referring to the day when millions took to the streets to protest against Morsi, who appointed Sisi as head of the armed forces in August, 2012.
Sisi’s public profile has grown since he ousted Morsi and he is lionised by state media. On Wednesday evening, he prayed over the coffins of 11 soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, in a ceremony broadcast on state TV.
While he is adored by Egyptians seeking a semblance of stability after three years of turmoil and happy to see the end of Morsi’s rule, Sisi has been demonised by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Islamists accuse him of orchestrating a coup against a democratically elected leader and hold him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Morsi’s supporters killed in a crackdown by the security forces since his ouster.