Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has officially announced that he is resigning from the armed forces so he can run for president.
In a nationally televised speech Wednesday, the general said Egypt is threatened by terrorists, and that now is the time to restore and rebuild the country with dignity.
Sissi's decision to run for president has been widely expected, and will likely have the explicit backing of Egypt's powerful military.
Sissi, who also served as defense minister, was the principal military figure in last year's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, following months of mass protests against his rule.
Earlier Wednesday, Egyptian security forces and supporters of the ousted president clashed, leaving one person dead. Egyptian officials say at least eight people were wounded in the fighting near Cairo University.
Riot police fired tear gas at students demonstrating against this week's court ruling that sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for murdering a police officer, attacking a police station and other acts of violence.
Security forces and students also clashed in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig.