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Egypt general leaves open question of election run

Demonstrators rallied in Cairo Tuesday to urge General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s miltary chief, to run for president.
Demonstrators rallied in Cairo Tuesday to urge General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s miltary chief, to run for president.Amel Pain/EPA

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s powerful army chief left open the possibility of running for president in elections due next year, according to excerpts of an interview published Tuesday, as he gave his first account of his overthrow of the country’s Islamist president.

Since the July 3 coup that removed President Mohammed Morsi, there have been growing calls from the military’s supporters for Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to run to replace him. Previously, a military spokesman denied el-Sissi had political ambitions. The interview with the newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm was the general’s first direct comment on the issue.

‘‘I think the time is inappropriate to raise this question in light of the challenges and risks that the country is going through,’’ he said when asked if he would run, according to excerpts posted on the newspaper’s website Tuesday from the interview to be published the next day.

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