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Egypt army chief says he will run for president: Kuwait paper

Published on Feb 6, 2014 1:28 PM
 
A man stands on a bridge where huge posters of Egypt's Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are hanged in central Cairo on Feb 3, 2014. Egypt's top military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in comments published in Kuwait on Thursday that he has decided to run in the presidential election scheduled for April. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - Egypt's top military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in comments published in Kuwait on Thursday that he has decided to run in the presidential election scheduled for April.

"Yes, the matter has been decided and I have no choice but to respond to the call of the Egyptian people," General Sisi told Kuwait's Al-Seyassah newspaper when asked if he has decided to run for presidency.

"The call (of the people) has been heard everywhere and I will not reject it. I will seek a renewal of confidence of the people through free voting," Gen Sisi said in the interview.

Gen Sisi's announcement comes a week after the country's top military council decided that he must run for the presidency, which he is assured to win after ousting the democratically elected leader in July.

 
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