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Egyptian Leftist Running for President

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Hamdeen Sabahi waves to his supporters during protest against new judicial law in Cairo, May 25, 2013.
Leftist Egyptian politician Hamdeen Sabahi has announced he will run for president in this year's election.

Sabahi told his supporters in Cairo Saturday that he will wage a clear battle for the revolution.

Sabahi finished third in the 2012 election that brought Mohamed Morsi to power. Sabahi became a constant critic of the Islamist Morsi until the army toppled him last year.

Sabahi is likely to face-off in the upcoming election against army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who has yet to declare his candidacy.

Many Egyptian observers believe Field Marshal el-Sissi would enjoy broad support if he runs.