DOHA: Influential Egypt-born cleric Yousuf Al Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, yesterday urged Egyptians to boycott the upcoming presidential election, saying ex-army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi took power “unfairly”.
The then head of the Egyptian military, Sisi toppled Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July, and is widely expected to win this month’s presidential election.
“Sisi deposed the elected president and took power unfairly. How can we elect him?” the cleric told AFP. Qaradawi is seen as a spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood, the group Mursi hails from. He had issued a fatwa urging Egyptians to support the deposed head of state following his overthrow. AFP