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. Egypt’s presidential campaign officially begins this weekend and Sisi is considered to be the front-runner.Sisi is the product of the military high command under former President Hosni Mubarak, as his career trajectory and personal alliances suggest. He toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests against his rule and has emerged as the most influential figure in an interim administration that has governed since then.
“I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” Sisi said in a televised address to the nation. “Only your support will grant me this great honor.”
A Sisi presidency would mark a return to the days when Egypt was led by men from the military, a pattern briefly interrupted by Mursi’s one year in office after his 2012 victory in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election.But it’s been a late rise to prominence. For most of his life, Sisi’s preferred to stay out of the spotlight. CCTV’s Adel EL Mahrouky takes a look back at Sisi’s life.