“I give up the uniform to defend the nation” says Egypt’s Military Chief

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Egypt’s military chief Abdel-Fattah al Sisi has announced that he will run for president. In a nationally televised speech, al Sisi  said he has resigned from the military. Wearing military fartigues, he said it was the last time he would wear it and that “I give up the uniform to defend the nation” and run in elections expected next month.  Al Sisi, who held the rank of field marshal, is considered almost certain to win. Under Egyptian law, only civilians can run for president, so his resignation was a required step. Last summer, the military chief removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, after massive protests calling for his ouster.

This report contains information from Associated Press