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Sami Anan announces he won’t run for president

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Sami Anan greets Mike Mullen in Cairo. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Sami Anan greets Mike Mullen in Cairo. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Former Egyptian military chief of staff Sami Anan announced on Thursday that we would not be contesting the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

Flanked by journalist Mostafa Bakri, former General Hassan El-Roweiny and other figures from the camp of defense minister and current military commander in chief Field Marshal Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, Anan said he would not be seeking election, leaving Sisi as the only military candidate and frontrunner for the poll.

Anan referred to himself as a leader and fighter who worked for Egypt’s advancement during his time as a Lieutenant General and deputy leader of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that ruled the country following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

He hailed Sisi’s predecessor and his former boss Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as a great leader and said he backed Egypt’s march towards freedom, democracy and building a strong patriotic state. Anan did not mention Sisi by name, however, and did not officially endorse him.

Sisi is yet to officially announce his candidacy but has dropped his strongest hint yet at a military academy graduation ceremony last week where he said he would not “abandon the demands of the Egyptian people.”

Egyptian law requires Sisi, who also serves as deputy prime minister, to officially relinquish all military posts before being eligible for the presidency.

The military chief’s popularity has considerably risen since his ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi and is widely expected to easily win the upcoming elections.

Written by Ahmed Aboulenein

March 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm