(MENAFN) An Egyptian opposition political coalition has criticized President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for attempting to "frighten" voters in a speech this week.
The Civil Democratic Movement made the remarks in an online statement published on Friday, days after it called on voters to boycott the March presidential election.
"The attempt to link security to the president and him staying in office is some kind of attempt to spread fear among Egyptian voters," the statement said.
"This undermines the freedom and integrity of the elections," it added.
On Wednesday, Sisi gave a thinly indirect but harsh warning to opposition politicians calling for a boycott the election, saying he would die first before allowing anyone to disrupt the country's security.
Sisi also said in the speech that he could urge Egyptians to take to the streets to give him a "mandate" in the face of "evil-doers".
Although Sisi is likely to win a second time in March polls, the Civil Democratic Movement, which is involved of eight opposition parties and some 150 pro-democracy public figures, has called for a boycott of the upcoming "farce" elections.