CAIRO: Recently resigned Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi delivered a speech to the nation in which he announced his intention to run in presidential elections after resigning from his post as minister and army chief highlighting the significance of this moment for him.
Sisi said in a speech that was broadcasted on State TV that “this is a very significant moment for me.”
“These recent years of our nation’s history have conclusively shown that no one can become president of Egypt against the will of the people or short of their support,” said Sisi, in an English translation of his speech to the nation posted on the Egyptian Army spokesperson’s Facebook page shortly.
He announced his candidacy by saying, “I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt … only your support will grant me this great honor.”
The announcement aired on State TV following a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, attended by interim President Adly Mansour.
Sisi expressed his opinion about the upcoming period saying, “the state needs to regain its posture and power that suffered much in the past period of time.”
Army Chief of Staff Sedky Sobhy was promoted to the rank of General of the Armed Forces following Sisi’s resignation, according to Aswat Masriya website.
Sisi will face competition only from Hamdeen Sabbahi who is the only one as of yet to announce his candidacy in the presidential elections.