Report: In Rare Interview, Mubarak Says Egyptians Want al-Sissi

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Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has said in a rare interview that the Egyptian people want army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to be their next leader.

Fajr Al-Saeed, a Kuwaiti journalist, reportedly interviewed Mubarak earlier this week at the Cairo military hospital where he has been held since August last year when he was released from jail, Al-Ahram said.

Al-Sissi overthrew Egypt's elected President Mohammed Morsi in July last year.

Al-Saeed tweeted that she asked Mubarak who will be Egypt's next ruler, according to a report on Al–Ahram.

"He said at first God, but then I told him that I wanted the name of the person he expected to rule Egypt and he said that the people wanted al-Sissi," Al-Ahram reported that she had posted on Twitter..

The 85-year-old Mubarak is standing trial for his role in the deaths of Egyptian protesters during the January 2011 uprising that toppled his regime, along with other charges.

The interview mainly focused on Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, she said, adding that Mubarak keeps "many important secrets about it." Egypt was a member of the allied coalition in the Gulf War. Al-Saeed later deleted her tweet about his Gulf War secrets, according to an Al-Arabiya report.

Mubarak appeared confident that he would be acquitted of involvement in the death of protesters, Al-Ahram reported, saying that he would go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, and then visit Kuwait, if he is indeed released.

Al-Saeed tweeted a photo of her visit with Mubarak.

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak laying on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, June 2, 2012.Credit: AP

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