The founder of a movement dedicated to Egyptian General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has announced his intention to file a lawsuit before the Egyptian administrative court compelling Al-Sisi to run for the country’s presidency.
According to the state-run Middle East News Agency, Abdul Aziz Abdullah, who is the founder of the “Noreed” (We want) movement, said that he plans “to bring a lawsuit, based on the popular consensus, to support this vital demand, under the circumstances that Egypt is witnessing now, which no one but General Al-Sisi can handle.”
Al-Sisi orchestrated a military coup against Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi and his government on 3 July. Since then, a growing personality cult has been developing around him. The Financial Times reported in October that the Noreed movement even claimed that it had collected four million signatures demanding for Al-Sisi to become president “without bothering with the formality of an election”.
The movement’s lawsuit is the second of its kind. Egypt Independent reported earlier this month that Nabil Luka Bibawy, a retired police officer, also filed a lawsuit “demanding the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces nominate Al-Sisi for the presidential elections”.
Prior to that, Amr Moussa, who himself unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012 and is now the head of the Committee of Fifty appointed by the interim government to amend Egypt’s constitution, admitted that he sees no alternative to Al-Sisi for president, and that people would push him to run for president even if he insisted on rejecting it.