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Mar 4, 2014 7:01 AM by Associated Press

Egypt: El-Sissi gives new sign of presidential run

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military chief, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, says he "can't turn his back" if the majority of Egyptians want him to run for president.

El-Sissi's comments, made in a speech to military cadets and reported by the state news agency MENA, are his strongest yet suggesting he intends to run.

The date for the presidential elections and the law governing the vote are not yet issued, and he is likely holding off on an announcement of his candidacy until such measures are taken.

El-Sissi told the cadets, "Let the coming days see the official procedures," according to MENA.

El-Sissi led the July overthrow of the country's first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, following massive popular protests against the Islamist leader.

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