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Egypt's Sissi Announces Run for Presidency

Egypt's Sissi Announces Presidential Runi
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Elizabeth Arrott
March 26, 2014 8:21 PM
Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi resigns from the military to launch run for president against few viable opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more from Cairo.

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Edward Yeranian
Egyptian Defense Minister and army commander Abdel Fattah al-Sissi announced in a televised address Wednesday night that he was resigning his defense posts to run for president in an election expected to take place next month. The announcement ended weeks of speculation that he was planning to run.

Field Marshal Sissi said he was resigning as defense minister and running for president in an announcement on state TV, after a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that included interim President Adly Mansour.

He says that he is appearing for the last time in a military uniform, but will continue to defend it in a new role. He said no one can be president against the will of the people and without its support, unlike times of old.
Abdel Fattah al-Sissi
 
  • Born in Cairo November 19, 1954
  • Graduated from Cairo's Military Academy in 1977
  • Trained at the U.S. War College in Pennsylvania 2006
  • Promoted to commander of Egypt's Western Front
  • Headed the military intelligence under Mubarak
  • Appointed army chief and defense minister by Morsi in 2012
  • He ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013
  • Promoted to field marshal in January 2014
  • Married, has 4 children

 
The announcement came as little surprise after weeks of speculation and rumor that General Sissi was going to run. In his address, he appealed to the Egyptian people to support him in his bid for president.

He says that he is presenting his candidacy for president in all humility and asking for the honor of the people's support. He says that he will level with people about the state of affairs as he always has.

The general said Egyptians have the right to “live in dignity and in freedom,” but that everyone must “work and produce” to "give Egypt its rightful place among civilized nations.” He also said “Egypt is for all its citizens and must exclude no one.”

The announcement came against a backdrop of sporadic clashes between police and student supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo University and several other spots in Cairo. Police fired teargas by mid-afternoon, and several casualties were reported.

Supporters of Gen. Sissi rallied in several other locations of the capital, as fireworks went off in anticipation of the presidential announcement.

Egypt's council of ministers is due to meet Thursday morning to appoint a successor to Gen. Sissi as army chief and defense minister. Arab satellite channels reported that veteran General Sobhi Sudqi has been promoted by one rank and will succeed General Sissi.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said his government would “remain impartial in the electoral process.” One other candidate, secular politician Hamdeen Sebahi, has said he is running.

The Muslim Brotherhood indicated on its website that General Sissi's candidacy is “clear proof that he plotted to overthrow elected President Mohamed Morsi.” Morsi was ousted last July after days of popular demonstrations against him.

Diaa Bekheet contributed to this report from Washington
  • A cloud of red smoke from flares fills the air as supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration outside Cairo University in Giza, March 26, 2014.
  • Protesters chant slogans outside of Cairo University in Giza, March 26, 2014.
  • A protester fires a flare during clashes with security forces outside of Cairo University in Giza, March 26, 2014.
  • An Alexandria University student carries another student out of the school after she was injured during clashes between student protesters and the Egyptian security forces in Alexandria, March 26, 2014.

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by: elwi from: egypt
March 28, 2014 8:23 AM
Gen Sisi was not willing to be the President of Egypt he is a very smart man he knows the situation and the difficulties he may face if he became the president at least who he will be forced to face the criminal acts of Muslim brothers he is so sure how they hate him meanwhile he is so sure that he will be face to face against the USA administration whom they dislike him they dont like him to be the Egyptian president cause he destroyed their planes in the Middle east which was guaranteed to be achieved by Muslim brothers as ill we also know he was preferred to stay in the army and have the immunity according to the constitution but cause of the Egyptian people 's will he cant avoid their voice and demands but will always politics and politician stay st the same side of dirty conspiracies


by: khaledelgammal from: egypt
March 27, 2014 9:44 AM
go sisi go


by: Dr. Salman Khan from: USA
March 27, 2014 1:04 AM
Mr. President, show no mercy to MB terrorists... let the world sneer and scoff... you will finish the problem and secure Egypt from Terrorism... the "world" can do and will do - NOTHING..!!! the UN is a sad despicable corrupt joke... you go ahead Mr. President - reclaim the honor and dignity of Egypt.


by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
March 26, 2014 10:32 PM
HE is a candidate from Saudi Arabia and UAE.Both countries played a major role in dismissal of Morsi Govt, why because they do not like Muslim Brotherhood or rather they hate Muslim Brotherhood. If Sissi wants a fair election (which is not possible) then he should give equal chance to Muslim Brotherhood. Mr.Sissi wants financial backing of SA N UAE,then he should be master in taking dictation.Do not think that any Finacial Backing from SA N UAE without any Condition. I think unless and until fair chance for MBH to participate in election, i do not think any stability in Egypt in near future. Mr Sissi can run his Govt with the financial backing of SA N UAE for some short period, but for long period He needs Egyptions Backing and no Financial backing from SA N UAE.

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by: ali from: egypt
March 28, 2014 8:06 AM
Sisi is the real Egyptian citizen candidate not Saudi or UAE the fact that ousted Morsi was the United state candidate he won the presidency by deceiving the Egyptian We can now as Egyptian be sure we have been cheated bu Muslim brother they trade with Islam they are just a group of terrorist with their own Islam not our normal simple Islam they are extremists they did not hear what all have said in his holy book to deal and negotiate with other with the best wisdom and good words not with weapons and blood shed their target was just rolling Egypt in the way of rolling another Islamic countries to establish the state of khylafa even if they ally with Israel or Usa against our country interests cause they dont believe that their is something called home land or home anyhow everyday approve that we as Egyptian were right to oust Muslim brothers


by: ali baba from: new york
March 26, 2014 3:58 PM
Good luck Mr. . President . sisi .you have an extremely task. the two years of Muslim brotherhood has left the country in economic crisis and huge problem of terrorism .your judgment as good president when you are rooted up the terrorism and restore the democracy and stability.. once the stability is restored ,the economic start to revive. a lot of work and a lot of patience

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