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Egypt’s Al-Sisi Leaves Military To Run for President

Egypt's Military Chief Visits Moscow
Sasha Mordovets—Getty Images Egypt's Minister of Defense, First Deputy Prime Minister and likely presidential candidate, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Novo-Ogaryovo residence on Feb. 13, 2014 near Moscow.

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who announced the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi last July, has resigned from the army to make a long-awaited bid for the country's presidency

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi formally resigned from the military Wednesday, paving the way for his long-anticipated run for the presidency.

Al-Sisi announced the decision in a TV broadcast, the BBC reports.

The Egyptian army deposed president Mohamed Morsi last year in the midst of mass protests against Morsi’s increasingly authoritarian rule, killing over a thousand of the former president’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters in widespread unrest. Broadly supported by Egyptians who opposed Mohammed Morsi’s presidency, al-Sisi is likely to win presidential elections expected later this year.


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