CAIRO - Egyptian activists on Wednesday launched a new movement to collect signatures with the aim of assigning army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi with running the country's affairs.
CAIRO – Egyptian activists on Wednesday launched a new movement to collect signatures with the aim of assigning army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi with running the country’s affairs.
Called “Noreed” (We want), the new popular movement will collect signatures from citizens with the aim of asking al-Sisi to run Egypt’s affairs for four years.
Founders say that after collecting three million powers of attorney, they will take the signatures to the Constitutional Court to ask al-Sisi to rule Egypt for the next four years, without holding presidential elections.
Founders describe their movement as “unprecedented in Egypt’s history”, arguing that “it will be the first time that a president is instated upon orders from the people.”
Abdel Aziz Abdullah, the secretary general of Noreed, said the new movement is an expression of the desires of all segments of Egyptian society.
“We call on the liberator of Egypt and its leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the leader of the June 30 revolution, to become Egypt’s president,” Abdullah said.
He called on Egyptians to sign the powers of attorney soliciting al-Sisi to become president for a four-year term, arguing that mobilizing the public for the idea will be the only way to convince the army chief to become a president.
“Al-Sisi had asked the people to go to the streets to give him a mandate to counter terrorism,” Abdullah said. “Now, the people ask him to become president.”
In a televised address on July 26, al-Sisi had called on Egyptians to take to the streets to give him a popular mandate to counter what he called “potential violence and terrorism”.
Abdullah said his movement will invite Egyptians to take to streets across the country to ask al-Sisi to be president.
So far, the movement has managed to collect as many as 964, 000 signatures from ordinary citizens, according to movement founders.
They said the signed powers of attorney contain the ID numbers of signatories. They added that they will take these powers of attorney to the Constitutional Court later so that the court can approve them.
Movement founder Mohamed Shaarawi said al-Sisi will be the most appropriate candidate to lead Egypt at present.
“We [the founders of the movement] do not belong to any political party,” Shaarawi said. “We only want stability to come back to our country,” he said, calling on Egypt’s political parties to throw their weight behind the new movement.