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6 April Youth Movement oppose Al-Sisi presidential bid

“Anyone who loves his homeland and loves the Egyptian people cannot ignore or turn his back on the state of division and acute polarisation plaguing society,” says movement


The 6 April Youth Movement has said a presidential campaign by Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi would only serve to further divide and polarise Egyptian society. (AFP Photo)
The 6 April Youth Movement has said a presidential campaign by Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi would only serve to further divide and polarise Egyptian society.
(AFP Photo)

The 6 April Youth Movement has said a presidential campaign by Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi would only serve to further divide and polarise Egyptian society.

“The defence minister running for the post of president of the republic would not benefit the divided nation and will not achieve the objectives of the revolution,” said the youth movement in a Wednesday statement. The group added that their opposition is “in order to preserve the Egyptian army, [and based on] the belief that the protection of Egypt is dearer than ruling it, and our confidence that our armed forces did not act to have their leaders rule Egypt.”

Despite not officially announcing his intention to run for president, Al-Sisi has dropped heavy hints. On Tuesday he said that “as a man who loves his country and loves the Egyptian people” he cannot “ignore the demands of many of them or turn his back on their will.”

The 6 April Movement made reference to the defence minister’s remarks in their statement. “Anyone who loves his homeland and loves the Egyptian people cannot ignore or turn his back on the state of division and acute polarisation plaguing society,” the group said, and called for Egyptians to place “national interest above narrow self-interest.”

“Egypt’s strength is not linked to a personality or the name of a potential president, but it is the will of all Egyptians to build their country and its future,” the youth movement added, saying that no one person is able to solve all of Egypt’s problems.

Since Al-Sisi announced the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president in July 2013 he has enjoyed wide popular support in Egypt. Supporters of the ousted president along with groups that oppose the notion of a military-linked ruler as president have openly opposed Al-Sisi’s widely expected candidacy.

The defence minister has received endorsements to run for president from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Al-Sisi must resign from the military in order to announce his candidacy for president under the current constitution. On Tuesday he said that necessary procedures for this would be taken in “the next few days”.

 

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  • Stuart Walker

    I see once again the usual comments and complaints from the 6th April about defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi yet
    to be confirmed presidential nomination. Change does not happen overnight it take time and strong foundations to be put down and then built on, and above all a leader capable of achieving this.

    The job of President is extremely challenging and requires
    strength, determination, the ability to listen, good organizational skill, and a sharp mind but above all else a real love of the country he or she represents. Any President must be prepared
    to get on with the hard work needed and be capable of making the tough choices, we do not live in utopia and human nature dictates that you will not be able to satisfy everyone.

    In Egypt there are potential candidates in the various
    sectors of society such as Business Leaders, Academics, Public Servants and others who do have the attributes and skills but until now have not been willing to step forward, and accept the challenges and risks of this job. Along with many others they would rather to stay within the security of their settled personal lives and join the rest in complaining about lack of choice. The reality is
    that if you want choice you have to create it. Put complaints and protests aside, and begin the process of creating alternatives so that in 4 years’ time if you desire change the alternative
    candidates exist. The bottom line is that if you’re not prepared to make the personal commitment and do the necessary work then don’t complain about it!

    • omega pal

      What is a point to be a candidate where game is already over and result known. Maybe who does not take risk will get nothing but in Egypt political climate ,I do not see why take that risk when people campaign for no vote against new constitution have been arrested and some been jailed.

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