Egypt police disperse anti-Sisi Cairo protest

Egyptian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

Egyptian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO – Egyptian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in western Cairo against a presidential bid by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Partisans of the deposed leader gathered outside the Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque in western Cairo's upscale Mohandeseen district, prompting police to disperse them with teargas, eyewitnesses said.

Some demonstrators suffered temporary asphyxiation.

Al-Sisi, who led the army's July 3 ouster of Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – resigned as army chief and defense minister on Wednesday before revealing his intention to run for president.

Presidential hopefuls on Monday began collecting the citizens' signatures needed to officially register their candidacies in advance of presidential polls slated for May 26 and 27.

Presidential elections are the second step of a transitional roadmap unveiled by the military following Morsi's overthrow last July.

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