Egyptian armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has given the clearest signal yet that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the demands of the “majority”, Egypt's state news agency reported on Tuesday.
El-Sissi, who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, said “official procedures” concerning his candidacy were expected in the coming days.
El-Sissi, widely expected to win the presidency of the Arab world's most populous country, was speaking at a graduation ceremony at the Cairo war college.
Most Egyptians regard him as a decisive figure who can end the political turmoil that has gripped Egypt since a popular uprising toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
In his speech, el-Sissi said Egypt was witnessing difficult times that required the unity of the people, army and police, according to the state news agency MENA.