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Egypt - Apr 2, 2012 - 16:49

Last modified: 2 Apr 2012 13:49

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The Egypt Independent reports that there are calls among public figures for the head of SCAF, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, to run for president:

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said these requests increased after the Muslim Brotherhood announced on Saturday that it would support the group’s deputy supreme guide, Khairat al-Shater, in the race.

They said they wanted Tantawi in order to protect the state’s civilian character from religion, preserve the country’s cultural and ideological diversity and protect equality for all citizens, the sources added.

The sources also said Tantawi would need the support of 30 members of Parliament should he decide to run.

It seems there's an out-and-out power struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood (whose political arm has the majority in Egypt's parliament and the consitutional council and recently announced Khairat al-Shater as its presidential candidate) and SCAF, who prior to the parliamentary elections made a failed bid to push a supra-constitutional document forward and might now be making a run for the presidential office.