Egypt’s minister of defense and leader of the July 3 military coup Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said he may bow to public pressure and run for presidency if the people mandated him to nominate himself.
Al-Sisi made the remarks during a seminar hosted by the military’s public relations unit. The event was attendd by a number of pro-military politicians, including the military-appointed Constituent Assembly chairman Amr Moussa, who urged Al-Sisi to run for the country’s top post.
Al-Sisi added that he will not have “the luxury of choice” if there is a “clear popular mandate” and a mandate from the military establishment, “since we work in a democracy”.
The remarks appear to usher in a new democratic system based on “popular mandate”. It is worth recalling that Al-Sisi’s era has already witnessed the killing of thousands of Egyptians on an unprecedented scale under the pretext of popular mandate to “fight terrorism”.