Egypt alliance lauds Anan's presidential poll exit

By Hussein Qabani, Thursday, March 13, 2014

The pro-democracy National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Thursday welcomed a decision by former army chief of staff Sami Anan to pull out of Egypt's upcoming presidential election.

The pro-democracy National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Thursday welcomed a decision by former army chief of staff Sami Anan to pull out of Egypt's upcoming presidential election.

CAIRO – The pro-democracy National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Thursday welcomed a decision by former army chief of staff Sami Anan to pull out of Egypt's upcoming presidential election.

"We hope that people connected with the army either in the past or at present will take a similar decision," alliance spokesman Magdi Qorqor told Anadolu Agency.

Earlier Thursday, Anan said that he would not run in the presidential elections in order to preserve the unity of the army.

Anan said in a press conference in Cairo that he would not accept to be used by others as a tool for dividing the army and damaging its unity.

Qorqor said that the military establishment needed to stay out of political conflicts.

The spokesman also denied any contacts between the alliance and Anan on his presidential bid.

"Anan has not contacted us about our support for his presidential bid," Qorqor said.

Meanwhile, alliance leader Khaled Said claimed that Anan had decided to exit the expected presidential race "because he lacks popular support".

"He [Anan] knows that though he has some support in the military or state institution, he still lacks popular support," he said.

Said predicted that potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi would announce his withdrawal from the presidential race soon.

He, however, said that Sabahi might remain in the race in order to be a mere part of the presidential election décor.

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