Sisi says 'cannot turn my back' on popular demand to run for president

Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday that he

Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday that he "cannot turn his back" on the demand of the "majority" to run for Egypt's presidency.

CAIRO – Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday that he "cannot turn his back" on the demand of the "majority" to run for Egypt's presidency.

"We will leave the official measures for the coming days," Sisi was quoted by official MENA news agency as telling military cadets, hinting that he might announce his presidential bid within days.

Speculation has been rife that al-Sisi, widely seen as the driving force behind last July's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi by the army, would soon resign his military post to contest the upcoming presidential elections.

No date has yet been set for the presidential polls, but they are expected sometime within the next three months.

Presidential elections represent the second milestone in an army-imposed roadmap for transition unveiled with the ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.

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