Egypt's Sisi cites 2 failed attempts on his life

By Hagar al-Dosoki, Monday, May 05, 2014

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has unveiled two failed attempts on his life in recent months

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has unveiled two failed attempts on his life in recent months

CAIRO – Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has unveiled two failed attempts on his life in recent months.

In a recorded TV interview on Monday, al-Sisi said that there were two assassination attempts against him.

He, however, gave further details about the alleged attempts.

Al-Sisi, who led the army to unseat elected president Mohamed Morsi last July, is popular among Egyptians who supported the army's decision to unseat the Islamist president.

He, however, is reviled by the Islamist opposition which sees him as the mastermind of a coup against an elected leader and the author of a crackdown on Morsi's supporters.

Al-Sisi denied that he had planned to oust Morsi to seize Egypt's power.

"I would have never respected myself if I had planned to seize Egypt's power," the former army chief said.

Egypt plans to hold presidential elections on May 26-27 as part of an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's transition following Morsi's ouster.

Al-Sisi is widely expected to win the vote.

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