Egypt’s El-Sisi to resign, paving way for presidential bid

Mohammed Tawfeeq and Marie-Louise Gumuchian
March 26, 2014

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced Wednesday that he would resign and declared his candidacy in national elections that are expected later this year.

Defense Minister El-Sisi, 59, must leave the army to run for president. He made the announcement on national TV.

The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported earlier that El-Sisi had met military leaders to tell them he was stepping down.

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