By Judith Orr
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Egypt’s army chief resigns in a bid to become president

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Issue 2397

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has resigned from the army in order to stand in presidential elections due on 26 and 27 May. 

El-Sisi’s popularity is high and his victory is seen as inevitable. 

But a poll this week found that 59 percent of Egyptians were undecided about who to vote for. 

El-Sisi wins support from all those who want stability. He declared he wants to fight for an Egypt “free of fear and terror”. 

Yet security services have shot more people during his time as defence minister than at any time since the revolution began in 2011.

Liberal and former left groups including the Tagammu party have come out in support of el-Sisi. 

What is left of the Rebel movement, which led mass protests on 30 June last year against Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi, has officially backed his campaign. 

The only other candidate to have declared is left nationalist Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the last presidential elections. 

Sections of the revolutionary movement support him. But his backing for el-Sisi and the military takeover after the 30 June protests have left him deeply discredited.



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