World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi said that his contender Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a former military chief, could be considered as part of the regime of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, even though he is seen as the driving force behind the former leader's overthrow.
“Al-Sisi was part of Morsi’s regime and saluted him (as the defense minister), while I was saying: ‘Down with Morsi’s legitimacy!’” Sabahi said in an interview with private CBC satellite channel.
Sabahi went on to say that the army should not take all the credit for ousting Morsi in July last year. “The army cannot move without the people’s order,” he said.
“The people moved on June 30, and then the army moved afterwards on July 3,” he said, referring to the mass protests against Morsi’s regime that led to his forcible ouster a few days later by the army.
Al-Sisi and Sabahi are the only candidates in Egypt's presidential election, which are scheduled for May 26-27.
Sabahi, a veteran leftist campaigner, came in third in the 2012 presidential polls that had propelled Morsi to power. His "Popular Current" movement supported last year's protests that culminated in Morsi's ouster.
Al-Sisi, who served as defense minister under Morsi, was the same man to announce the Islamist president’s ouster last July. In late March, al-Sisi resigned from his military post to announce his presidential bid, which he described as a "national duty."
Egypt's presidential elections are part of a three-step transitional roadmap imposed by the army upon Morsi's removal from office.
The winner of the polls will take over from interim president Adly Mansour, who was installed by the army following Morsi’s removal.Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2014, 09:54