Al-Sisi's candidacy divides Kuwaiti MPs
By Faisal Yasser, Thursday, March 27, 2014
KUWAIT CITY – A decision by Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to run for president has drawn mixed reactions from lawmakers in Kuwait.
"I advise al-Sisi to stick to his guns so that he can defeat terrorism," Safa al-Hashem, the only female lawmaker in the Kuwait parliament, told Anadolu Agency.
In a televised address on Wednesday, al-Sisi said that he resigned his post as Egypt's defense minister and would run in the country's upcoming presidential election.
Al-Hashem described al-Sisi's address as "wonderful" and "orderly".
She said al-Sisi's victory in Egypt's next presidential elections, whose date has not been decided yet, will help boost stability of the Gulf region.
However, Kuwaiti lawmaker Jamal al-Omar expressed reservations about al-Sisi's presidential bid.
"I had hoped that al-Sisi would not run for president and that the army would remain neutral," he told AA.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti female writer Fajr al-Saeed said al-Sisi's candidacy "opens a new chapter in the history of the region".
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