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Head of Egyptian Army Announces He's Running for President

A poster showing Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, and former presidents Anwar Sadat, left, and Gamal Abdel-Nasser, right, is taped to an army armored vehicle on a bridge leading to Tahrir Square. AP/Thomas Hartwell
Peter Z. Scheer
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Peter Scheer grew up in the newspaper business, spending family vacations with his mother at newspaper editors\' conferences, enjoying daycare in editorial departments and begrudgingly reviewing his father\'s…
Peter Z. Scheer


Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi resigned Wednesday in order to announce his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency — an office left vacant by the coup he helped organize.

“I cannot make miracles. Rather, I propose hard work and self-denial,” said el-Sissi, who is also defense minister. He is opposed by leftest Hamdeen Sabahi and the Muslim Brotherhood, most of whose leaders are currently in jail.

A court Monday sentenced 529 Muslim Brothers to death. An additional 919 members of the organization, which briefly held power after Egypt’s first-ever free presidential elections, are about to go on trial for murder and terrorism in the same province.

According to Reuters, el-Sissi is a divisive figure: “Many see him as the kind of strong man needed to stabilize a country in crisis. But he is reviled by the Islamist opposition as the mastermind of a coup against a freely elected leader.”

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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