27 January 2014

Tunisia: Sisi Must Run for President - SCAF

Cairo — Egypt's top military council mandated military chief Gen. Sisi on Monday to run for presidency hours after the Interim president promoted him to field marshal.

Sisi, wildly popular for overthrowing Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, is now expected to resign as army chief and put himself forward as a candidate in the election scheduled to be held by mid-April.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is looking forward with respect and reverence to the desire of the huge masses of the great Egyptian people in the nomination of...Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the presidency of the republic, which it considers a mandate and an obligation," the military high command said in a statement.

The army's announcement came after a weekend in which dozens were killed in street clashes between Morsi's supporters and police and militant attacks, underscoring the difficulties Sisi will face.

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