Last Mubarak PM backs Egypt army chief as president
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:22PM
In a statement on Thursday, Ahmed Shafiq described Sisi as "strongest candidate who has the highest chances of winning the presidency."
A former air force commander who was recently acquitted of corruption charges said that he was "convinced of the need to unify our efforts and avoid a scattering of votes which is useless."
Shefiq lost Egypt's 2012 presidential election in which Mohamed Morsi the country’s first democratically elected as the president, and the first civilian to assume the post.
But Morsi was removed from office in a military coup last July, after only one year in office.
He was immediately replaced by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, who the army appointed as interim president.
Sisi, who has retained his post as the defense minister in Egypt’s new government, has made no secret of his intention to run for president.
On March 4, the army chief said he would soon begin the procedures required for registering his candidacy.
Shafiq has also said he would consider standing for president, only if Sisi decided to stay out of the presidential race.
The Mubarak ally left for the United Arab Emirates following his election loss and has not returned for reasons that remain unclear.
No date has been set for Egypt’s presidential election which is expected to be held this spring.
The North African country’s new cabinet, which was sworn into office on March 1, is tasked with organizing a presidential election.