Egypt army warns against using al-Sisi's name in fundraising

By Islam Mosaad, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CAIRO – The Egyptian army warned Wednesday against any attempt to "exploit" the name of army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in raising funds for supporting his "presidential campaign".

"The army warns against using al-Sisi's name in raising funds for his electoral campaign," army spokesman Ahmed Ali wrote on his Facebook page.

He said security agencies had "spotted" people raising funds in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya and the central Beni Sueif province on claims of supporting al-Sisi's campaign.

"We also received information about the exploitation of the name of the Armed Forces in carrying out illegal activities," Ali said.

The army spokesman said al-Sisi does not have an official presidential campaign until now.

Al-Sisi had earlier alluded to his readiness to run in the upcoming presidential elections, whose date has not been decided yet.

In an interview with the private CBC TV on Sunday, interim president Adly Mansour said Egypt will have an elected president by June.

Mansour had earlier changed the order of the transitional roadmap, which was imposed by the army upon the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, last July to open the door for holding the presidential elections prior to the parliamentary polls.

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