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    Egypt's Military Backs al-Sissi's Presidential Bid

    Egyptian Army Chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi (C), is seen in Cairo's Nasr City district in this September 20, 2013, file photo.
    Egyptian Army Chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi (C), is seen in Cairo's Nasr City district in this September 20, 2013, file photo.
    VOA News
    Egypt's military council has endorsed a presidential bid by the army chief who led the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year.

    The official MENA news agency said Monday that an announcement by Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of his candidacy could take place "within hours."

    "The decision was expected and it is the first step before the resignation of the general and his candidacy announcement,'' a security official told Reuters.

    In order for Sissi to contest the election he has to resign from his post as defense minister and from the military.

    Just before Egypt's top generals approved Sissi's candidacy, interim president Adly Mansour promoted him to the military's highest rank of field marshal.

    The army chief has become popular among many Egyptians since he deposed Morsi in July, triggering political upheaval and street violence in the Arab world's most populous nation.

    But a significant sector of the public sees him as a decisive figure who can stabilize the country, which has lurched from one crisis to another since a popular uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.



    Authorities said at least 49 people died in clashes over the weekend.

    Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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    by: archlingua from: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    January 27, 2014 12:41 PM
    To have marshal el-Sisi run for president is a great initiative; he understands there is no middle ground between normal, civilian Egyptians and the extremism of Jihadist in the Muslim Brotherhood, who seek to establish a tyrannical theocracy to benefit ayatollahs, imams and mullahs.

    by: Antoine Mazerty
    January 27, 2014 12:22 PM
    Ah the Egyptian military junta dictatorship new figurehead is coming, and the western "free press" is full of objective reporting about that, the death of the Egyptian democracy and the ludicrous Egyptian State propaganda and "popularity" of the new found dictator. So shameful.

    by: max from: South Africa
    January 27, 2014 12:21 PM
    El-Sissi would be a good leader if elected. When people voiced their displeasure with Morsi , he kindly asked him to sort out the problems with the protesters. But his arrogant manner forced el-Sissi to take over to prevent bloodshed that would have occured between anti and pro Morsi.

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