Cairo — Egypt's army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Saturday that he would run for president if the Egyptian people wanted him to, state media reported.
"If I nominate myself, there must be a popular demand, and a mandate from my army," state paper Al-Ahram quoted him as telling Egyptian officials.
Al-Sisi's words come as Egypt prepares to hold a referendum on Tuesday and Wednesday on a new constitution that would ban religious parties and put more power in the hands of the military. If the constitution is passed, elections should follow.
Al-Sisi also called on people to participate in the referendum.