Egypt's Sisi to run for a third term

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. (File photo: Jordan News)
CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has confirmed that he will stand for a third term in office at an election scheduled for December, Egyptian media reported Monday.اضافة اعلان

The election, which Sisi is widely expected to win, comes as Egypt grapples with an economic crisis, record inflation, a sharply depreciated local currency and claims by the political opposition that its candidates are suffering harassment and intimidation.

“I have decided to nominate myself to complete the dream during a new presidential term,” Sisi said, making the announcement during a televised speech on Monday evening.

Sisi, a former army chief who has been president since 2014, had been widely expected to run again and secure a third term after constitutional amendments four years ago that would allow him to stay in office until 2030.
In recent weeks supporters have mounted a campaign using billboards and public messages urging him to stand.

He came to power after leading the ousting of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. He was announced winner of presidential elections in 2014 and 2018 with 97 percent of the vote.

The election comes as Egypt is struggling with record inflation and a chronic shortage of foreign currency.

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