General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Egyptian army chief who pushed out the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, reportedly told military leaders that a strong yes vote on this week’s constitutional referendum would represent a mandate for him to run for office. “If I run for the presidency, it must be by the request of the people and with a mandate from my army. When Egyptians say something, we obey and I will never turn my back on Egypt," he said, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency. The referendum takes place in three days.
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