World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt military spokesman Col Ahmed Ali has denied reports that Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he was planning to run for presidency.
Saying the report published by al-Seyassah on Wednesday evening was a misinterpretation of Sisi's words, the military spokesman said the report was not accurate.
In the report, Sisi was recorded to have said that he could "not reject the demand" of the people that he should stand for election.
The issue of whether or no Sisi will run in the Egyptian general elections has been a matter of speculation in recent weeks.
Interim President Adly Mansour has recently issued a presidential decree promoting al-Sisi to field marshal, the highest rank in Egypt's military hierarchy.
The promotion came amid widespread speculation that al-Sisi plans to step down as defense minister and run for president.
Egyptian presidential elections will be held in April before parliamentary polls, based on an earlier decision by Mansour.
A transitional roadmap, imposed by the army in the immediate wake of ousting Morsi, had initially stipulated that parliamentary polls be held before presidential elections, following the endorsement of a new constitution.
Born in 1954, al-Sisi graduated from Egypt's Military College in 1997. He served as a paratrooper in the army before being promoted to commander of Egypt's Northern Military Zone.
Al-Sisi had also served as Military Intelligence chief during the January 25 uprising, which unseated autocratic president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.
He currently heads up the SCAF, which ran the country's affairs from Mubarak's departure until Morsi was freely elected leader in mid-2012.
Shortly after taking office, Egypt's elected president Mohamed Morsi appointed al-Sisi as defense minister.
One year later, however, the army chief removed Morsi from office following mass protests against his presidency.
Egypt newspaper destroys 40,000 copies over 'false info' on army chief's wealth
Private Egyptian daily Al-Watan destroyed 40,000 copies of its Thursday edition because the front page contained "false information" about the personal wealth of army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
"Out of respect for accuracy, we asked the print-house to destroy around 40,000 copies of the Thursday issue, which contained false information regarding al-Sisi's wealth," a source from the paper told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
The source, requesting anonymity, said the newspaper's editorial board had decided to reprint the edition after removing the story in question.
On Wednesday evening, a talk show on private Egyptian TV channel OnTV showed a scanned copy of the front page of Al-Watan's Thursday edition, which bore the headline: "Family source: Al-Sisi's net wealth stands at 30 million Egyptian pounds" (roughly $4.3 million).
The aborted news report comes amid mounting speculation that al-Sisi – whose popularity soared after he ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi last July – will run in presidential polls expected in April.
Owned by Egyptian business tycoon Mohamed al-Amin, Al-Watan newspaper was established in 2012.Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2014, 13:21