‘Let’s see,’ says Sisi on presidential run

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not ruled out running for president in elections next year, during an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa ran an interview with Sisi, in which he again evaded the question of running for president.
"Would this be satisfying to everyone? Would this satisfy some foreign powers? Would this mean that I work on finding solutions for Egypt’s problems?" he said. "Anyway, let's see what the days bring us.”
The minister and army chief also claimed the Egyptian people toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, describing 30 June as a "popular revolution, not military coup."

“When I called on the people to support our move and freely express their desire in ending the abnormal situation, I had no doubts that they would respond and that all those people would take to the streets.”

“When people took to the streets, they were not in their dozens, hundreds or thousands, but in their millions," Sisi went on. "This means it was a popular revolution, not a military coup."

Sisi described security conditions before 30 June as "abnormal."

Sisi indicated that the Muslim Brotherhood were threatening others with “militias to confront the people and the military.” 

Sisi added that ongoing unrest in Egypt “will not change anything."

"It’s over," he claimed. "Some countries that were supporting the Brotherhood and their practises have now realized that 30 June was not a coup but popular revolution against a regime that the people toppled.”

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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