Egypt: PM warns Qatar; while army ‘Sisi’s out from making candidacy official

February 6, 2014 7:44 pm

Egyptian Minister of Defense Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi

Riyadh 6th February, 2014: Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi issued a stern warning to Qatar when addressing reporters in Riyadh.  The PM said that while Cairo has no interest in escalating conflicts with Qatar, his government will not remain silent if the peninsular nation exerts a ‘direct’ interference on Egypt’s domestic affairs. 

The Foreign Government of the un-elected, military backed government in Egypt had earlier demanded the hand over of several ‘fugitive’ Islamists currently in exile in Doha including Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi. 

Ever since the overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected government, the Egyptian military had launched a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters and even named the party a ‘terrorist group’, forcing many to flee the country and seek asylum in Qatar. 

The recent happenings in Egypt including the unlawful detention of Al Jazeera journalists have severely soured Doha-Cairo relations. The US earlier today demanded the release of the journalists and condemned their detention in the strongest terms. 

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Meanwhile in other news from Egypt, the country’s military has denied that its Chief of Staff  SISSY, sorry; we mean Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has denied announcing his intention to run for President through Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasah . Military Spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali said that the report was not accurate and that the newspaper had misinterpreted Sisi’s words. 

The military announced via their official Facebook page that Al Sisayah’s report quoting the Field Marshall as saying he would ‘present’ the tens of thousands of people who urge him to stand for elections, consisted of “…mere journalistic presumptions rather than direct statements made by the Sisi Field Marshall”. 

The former Chief of Intelligence had been appointed as head of the Armed Forces by President Morsi in August 2012.  Since his appointment, he has overthrown the democratically elected government and 1000s of people have been killed in the subsequent clashes between the military and the people. 

The Military’s statement further added that “…he will announce by himself to the great Egyptian people and no-one else. It will be done via clear and direct statements that cannot be doubted…”

It remains to be seen if and when Sisi would officially announce his candidacy and if the military would be open to international observation during the upcoming elections in Egypt, to ensure there is no interference to the democratic electoral process. 

Correction

The article has spelt the Egyptian Field Marshall’s name as Al – ‘Sissy’. While it has been pointed out to us that the Field Marshall’s name is spelt ‘Sisi’, the Arabic pronunciation could also be spelt as ‘Sissy’.  Any inference drawn connecting the Military Leader’s name to the Dictionary reference for the word ‘Sissy’ is completely coincidental and regretted.  

 

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Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She pens articles on issues of public interest and happenings across the world

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