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Egypt's Sissi says There Have Been Attempts to Assassinate Him


FILE - Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sissi

FILE - Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sissi

Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the former Egyptian army chief who deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and is expected to win a presidential election this month, said there had been two attempts to kill him.

Sissi said in a joint interview with Egypt's privately-owned CBC and ONTV television channels there were “two attempts to assassinate me. I believe in fate, I am not afraid”.

He did not say when the assassination attempts took place.

Sissi is expected to easily win the May 26-27 presidential election. The only other candidate is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the 2012 election won by Morsi.

Since the army deposed Morsi last July, militants have killed several hundred members of the security forces in bombings and shootings. The interior minister survived an attempt on his life in September.

The army-backed authorities have outlawed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, and thousands of its supporters have been arrested and hundreds killed.

A court sentenced the leader of the Brotherhood and hundreds of supporters to death last week. Secular dissidents have also been jailed, leaving little organized opposition.

Sissi has said his campaign would be unconventional - an apparent reference to concerns for his security. So far, there are no announced plans for him to appear in public. Sisi also said that the Muslim Brotherhood - the group he removed from power last year - will not exist if he is elected president.

The comments in an interview with two Egyptian television stations were the clearest indication yet there was no prospect for political reconciliation with the Islamist group that propelled Mohamed Morsi to the presidency in 2012.
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