File - Former Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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The candidate who lost Egypt's 2012 presidential election reiterated his support Thursday for the army chief as president but also slammed the military for initially backing his candidacy openly.Since ousting Morsi, Sisi has emerged as Egypt's most popular political figure and a nationalist icon, with supporters viewing him as a tough leader who can restore stability after three years of unrest roiling the country since the fall of Mubarak in February 2011 .Shafiq has previously said he would consider standing for president, but only if Sisi did not.Analysts say Sisi's success as president would be crucial for the military.
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