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'I'm not a puppet': Mousa to The Guardian

Tuesday 20/March/2018 - 01:32 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
Presidential candidate Mousa Mostafa Mousa said that he is cautiously optimistic about his chances of beating Sisi، despite entering the race at the last minute. 

In an interview to The British Newspaper “The Guardian”، Mousa said “We entered with the aim of winning. How we win it I don’t know; with what kind of votes، I don’t know،”، adding، “I think I have a chance. Doesn’t mean I’m sure.”

“I’m not a puppet. I’m a leader، in all things including my business،” he said. “Whoever wants a puppet could get one from the 104 political parties. He cannot make a puppet out of me، and everyone in this country knows that... Puppet is an imaginary word،” he added.

However، the Guardian stressed that all evidences indicate that president Sisi will win a landslide re-election victory، noting that Sisi won 2014 elections with 97%.

Regarding the screenshot of Mousa’s Facebook page that circulated in the Egyptian press when he declared his candidacy shows a pro-Sisi banner، Mousa commented “This is bullshit، it had nothing to do with me،”، adding “This was a falsification. Did you see this banner in a computer or in reality? It’s a trick of Photoshop.”

Noteworthy، In February، the National Election Authority (NEA) announced the final list of the candidates، including current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of al-Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa. Sisi has chosen a star as his symbol in the election، while Moussa chose a plane as his symbol.

The poll in Egypt will take place between 26 and 28 March. Any run-off vote will take place between 19 and 21 April for expatriates and on 24 and 26 April in Egypt. The winner will be announced on 2 April. 


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