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Egyptian General arrested by the army for planning to run against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
The Egyptian army said he had announced his candidacy “without getting permission from the armed forces ... or taking the steps necessary to terminate his service”.
Egyptian ex-military chief of staff Sami Anan

Egyptian ex-military chief of staff Sami Anan

Egyptian ex-military chief of staff Sami Anan was detained in Cairo on Tuesday, three of his campaign organisers said after the army summoned him for questioning over his intention to run for president.

The army had said in an earlier statement, which appeared in text on state TV and was read aloud by a spokesman, that “the armed forces will not overlook the blatant legal violations (Anan) has committed which are a serious breach of the laws of military service.”

 

It said he had announced his candidacy “without getting permission from the armed forces ... or taking the steps necessary to terminate his service”.

 

Former army officials must have ended their service and received permission from the military before they can run for political office in Egypt. The statement said Anan had falsified official documents that stated his military service had ended, in order to run.

 

Incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, himself a former military commander, said last week he would seek a second term.

 

Anan is not his first potential opponent to find a variety of obstacles being thrown in his path. Other would-be candidates describe concerted efforts - often successful - to kill off their campaigns.