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Egypt army chief 'can't ignore demands' for presidential bid: Report

Published on Mar 4, 2014 7:57 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday he could not ignore demands for him to run for president and will take official measures soon, state media reported.

Officials close to General Sisi told AFP the field marshal will step down as defence minister after a law is passed to regulate the election expected this spring.

The law is expected to be approved by the interim president Adly Mansour this week or next.

Gen Sisi emerged as the most popular political figure in Egypt after he overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July following massive protests against the year-long rule of Egypt's first freely elected leader.

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