Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Posters back Egypt's military ruler for president

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"Hundreds of posters calling on Egypt's military ruler to run for president have appeared in several districts of Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, sparking fears that the armed forces may try to cling to power.

The campaign is led by a previously unknown group called "Egypt Above All." They argue that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as president amounts to "a popular demand for stability."

Tantawi's council of military generals took power after a popular uprising ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Rights groups in Egypt are wary of Tantawi, despite pledges by the armed forces to transfer power to an elected civilian government in two years.

Activists accuse the top military brass of behaving like the old regime and derailing reform."

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