Egypt’s Sissi announces presidential bid
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Egypt’s Sissi announces presidential bid

Defense minister and army chief resigns from military to run, is expected to win the upcoming election with ease

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television Al-Masriya on March 26, 2014 shows Egypt's Defense Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fatah Al-Sissi announcing his resignation from his military position to stand in the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections during a televised address in Cairo. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / AL-MASRIYA TV)
An image grab taken from Egyptian state television Al-Masriya on March 26, 2014 shows Egypt's Defense Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fatah Al-Sissi announcing his resignation from his military position to stand in the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections during a televised address in Cairo. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / AL-MASRIYA TV)

Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, in a widely anticipated move almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader, Mohammed Morsi.

Sissi, who was also defense minister, faces no serious competition in the upcoming election, likely before June, and is expected to easily win the poll riding on a wave of popularity.

He declared his candidacy in a televised address.

“Today, I stand before you for the last time in a military uniform, after deciding to end my service as defense minister and commander of the armed forces,” he said, dressed in his field marshal’s uniform, sitting behind a wooden desk.

“With all modesty, I nominate myself for the presidency of Egypt.

“I will continue to fight every day for an Egypt free of terrorism,” he added.

Sissi gathered his belongings in his defense ministry office before starting the meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the official newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website.

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