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Egypt's Sabbahi to stand in presidential election

Published on Feb 9, 2014 6:50 AM
 
Mr Hamdeen Sabbahi (centre) arriving at the funeral prayers of prominent Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm at Al-Hussein mosque in Cairo on Dec 3, 2013. Mr Sabbahi  said on Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, he will stand in upcoming elections, in a contest likely to pit him against army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - A popular Egyptian dissident leader under ousted president Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, he will stand in upcoming elections, in a contest likely to pit him against army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Although the widely popular Field Marshal Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy, the field marshal is expected to contest and win presidential elections slated for mid-April.

But the announcement on Saturday by socialist activist Hamdeen Sabbahi signals growing concern among some Egyptians over a return to military rule if Field Marshal Sisi wins the vote.

Mr Sabbahi came in third in the 2012 elections won by Mr Morsi, who was toppled by Field Marshal Sisi in July last year after a turbulent year in power. Some of the other candidates who ran in that election have said they would support Field Marshal Sisi if he nominates himself.

 
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