Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for President in March elections

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The campaigning period for the 2018 elections will kickstart on February 24 and end on March 23, state news Al-Ahram reported.

Former Egyptian armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan said on Saturday he meant to run in the country's presidential election in March.

"Regardless of who your vote will be for, all that I wish of you (is that you) show the world your participation in the elections and choose whoever you wish to", said Sisi.

Sisi took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against Morsi's one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The 2018 election will be Egypt's third since the Arab Spring rocked the nation seven years ago removing Hosni Mubarak from power.

Anan called on the civil and military institutions of the state to be neutral towards all who announced their intention to run for president.

Anan also said he'll appoint Cairo University political science professor Hazem Hosny as vice president for knowledge, and an official spokesperson.

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The vote in the presidential elections will be held from March 26-28.

"I find myself standing here with my conscience, telling you in the frank and transparent ways we are accustomed to", Sisi said on Friday in front of the assembled crowd, noting that he was "hoping that you allow and accept my candidacy for the post of president of the republic".

Would-be candidates for the presidency must register with the National Elections Authority by January 29.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who had clinched the throne through a coup, has announced he would be seeking a second term.

He said Egypt faced multiple challenges after the long years of turmoil, including deteriorating living conditions and a jihadist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. Al-Sisi went on to joke that the citizens would "become exhausted with me again because Egypt needs every sacrifice".

Moreover, lawyer Khaled Ali confirmed his intention to run in the election, while former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq renounced his previously proclaimed intention to run in the election.

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