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Egypt's army chief Sisi to stay on as defence minister, says official

Published on Feb 26, 2014 9:25 PM
 
Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a news conference in Cairo, in this May 22, 2013 file picture. Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defence minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014, quashing speculation he was about to announce a widely expected bid for the presidency. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defence minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, quashing speculation he was about to announce a widely expected bid for the presidency.

Mr Sisi is tipped to win the upcoming presidential election but has yet to announce his candidacy. He must vacate the post of defence minister in order to run. The source said he would likely keep that job until an election law is finalised.

"He is expected to continue in his post until all the issues regarding the election laws are resolved," the source said.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi's government resigned on Monday in a surprise move that has not been clearly explained.

 
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