Former Egyptian Army chief of staff announces presidential bid

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced he will run for a second term in office in March's elections, which he is expected to win by a wide margin.

Sisi said that he shouldered responsibility when he was elected as a president, noting that he exerted great efforts for the sake of the country.

In a five-minute video posted on his official Facebook page, 69-year-old Anan said he'll run to save Egypt from "wrong policies".

Anan said in his statement that he had formed his civilian presidential team, which includes Hisham Genena, a former policeman and judge who was appointed to head Egypt's corruption watchdog in 2012 and was sacked by Sisi in 2016.

Sisi is widely expected to win in the first round, set for March 26-28.

. The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.

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

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Speaking in Cairo on Friday, Sisi said he hopes people will "allow and accept" his candidacy.

The Palestinian president also lauded Egypt's recent stance in the United Nations (UN) to overcome the U.S. decision as well as its efforts to achieve reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.

"Building the state takes 16 to 20 years, I am trying to finish it in 8 years, God willing", Sisi said.

He called on voters to take part in the elections en masse, renewing his resolve to address all challenges facing the country, notably the terrorist threats.

Enan stated that he'll be submitting his candidacy documents to the NEC right after he completes the requirements as per military law, as a former army chief of staff, to run.

Thousands of Sisi's supporters gathered at the Cairo stadium calling for the former military commander to run for a second term. Public figures, actors and parliamentarians were amongst the crowd. Al-Sisi went on to joke that the citizens would "become exhausted with me again because Egypt needs every sacrifice". "This is not his will, this is the will of all of us", he added.

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