Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Friday his intention to run for a second term in office in a March election.
"I announce to you in the honesty and transparency which we are used to... my candidacy for the post of president of the republic," Sisi said at a conference in Cairo, broadcast live on state television.
Sisi is widely expected to win in the first round, which is to be held March 26-28. Campaigning begins on February 24 and will last until March 23. Candidates must register between Jan. 20 and 29.
In a statement at the “The story of a nation” conference, President al-Sisi said “I have borne the responsibility of the nation, and have made every effort to protect it and I assure you that I can not stay against your will.”
Al- Sisi added: “I pledge that the next presidential election will be an example of transparency.”
The Egyptian president asserted that he would not allow any corrupt person to approach the ruling seat in Egypt.
Al-Sisi called on his official facebook page for mass participation in the coming presidential elections regardless of the out come.
(With AFP & Reuters)