Egypt's el-Sissi will run for a second time period

Egypt’s former army chief-of-staff Sami Anan

Egypt’s former army chief-of-staff Sami Anan

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He said Egypt faced multiple challenges after the long years of turmoil, including deteriorating living conditions and an extremist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

€œAllow me to announce my bid to run for the upcoming presidential term and what I hope from you is to show the world the scale of your participation in the presidential election regardless of your choice #StoryOfANation, € the tweet read, the hashtag referring to the name of the conference.

Sisi took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against Morsi's one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Al-Sisi went on to joke that the citizens would "become exhausted with me again because Egypt needs every sacrifice".

A general-turned-president with authoritarian practices, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's announcement confirmed what was long-expected and paved the way for his virtually certain triumph in the March 26-28 vote.

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Sisi promised during his speech at the conference on Friday transparent elections, urging everyone to participate in choosing Egypt's next president. He said that his candidacy comes €œto save the Egyptian state.€.

A pro-Sisi non-official campaign called "So That You Can Build It (Egypt)" said last December that it collected over 12 million signatures of Egyptians, more than 11 per cent of the population, supporting Sisi to run for a second presidential term.

In addition to Sisi, other candidates declared their will to run in the 2018 elections, including human rights lawyer Khaled Ali, MP and Zamalek Sporting Club chairman Mortada Mansour, and former army chief-of-staff Sami Anan.

Sisi has promised not to run for a third term, but is likely to cruise to a second term given the clampdown on opponents. The president had always stated that he would not run for re-election against the people€™s will.

"Events like these seek to signal to the public that Sisi has enthusiastic popular support and this message is protected by the fact that anyone with access to the media is rarely allowed to suggest otherwise", Kaldas added.

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