Ex-Egyptian General Arrested After Announcing Presidential Bid

Ex-Egyptian General Arrested After Announcing Presidential Bid
January 23 13:30 2018 Print This Article

A retired Egyptian general has been arrested by the military in Cairo after he announced his intention to run against the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, in March’s election, his campaign staff have said.

Sami Anan, a former chief of staff, was accused by Egypt’s army of incitement against the military over the announcement. It said it was summoning him over the issue.

The military gave no immediate comment on the alleged detention and the interior ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokesman said in a televised statement that the army had summoned Anan because his announcement was intended to drive a wedge between the armed forces and the Egyptian people.

The statement said Anan had falsified official documents that stated his military service had terminated, a requirement for former military officials to run for election.

Anan was chief of staff until 2012, when the ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi removed him along with his boss at the time, former defence minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

[Guardian UK]

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