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El-Sisi to submit resignation to SCAF: Military source

The defence minister's resignation would be the first step towards his presidential bid

Ahmed Eleiba , Wednesday 26 Mar 2014
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Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (M) in the SCAF meeting (Photo: Facebook page of the armed forces' official spokesperson)
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Egypt's defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is currently in a meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) where he is expected to submit his resignation from the military, a military source has told Ahram Online.

El-Sisi's resignation would be seen as the first official step towards running in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, slated to begin 30 March.

Military personnel are not allowed to enter politics, as per Egyptian law. 

Wednesday's SCAF meeting is also expected to determine El-Sisi's successor as defence minister, the source said, adding that Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi will likely be chosen.

The new chief of staff will also be named at the meeting.

El-Sisi is expected to submit his resignation as defence minister in Thursday's meeting with the Egyptian cabinet – scheduled for Wednesday but pushed back a day to accommodate interim President Adly Mansour, who will be returning from an Arab League summit in Kuwait. 

Presidential hopefuls in this year's elections – Egypt's second since the 2011 uprising – will be able to apply for candidacy with the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) on 30 March, according to predictions.

A new president will be named before 17 July, Mansour said.

 

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cabdi faarax
27-03-2014 12:30am
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Al sisi is nothing but a facist,amd he will be tried,for the cimes he committed.
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George Iskandarani
26-03-2014 06:50pm
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The Nazi junta must gom democracy must return-even if the Ikhwan win again
Sissi is a prescription for Egypt's downfall, the economy is collapsing, poverty is deepening, hypocrisy is rampant, and a police-state atmosphere is everywhere.
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Ervin
26-03-2014 04:23pm
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Congratulations future President of Egypt, Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. May this be the beginning of a new era in Egypt, free from religious bigotry and backwardness. Two things to be taken into account: 1) Stability, since the economic development comes always in a stable country; and 2) Urgent riddance of the analphabetism and cultural development of our population. It's unacceptable that in the 21st century we still have a large part of the population who cannot read and write.
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