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Egypt: Military backs el-Sissi in presidential run

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 27, 2014 at 8:48 a.m. Updated January 27, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.

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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013, file photo, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi salutes during an arrival ceremony for U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo.

CAIRO — Egypt's top generals Monday endorsed a presidential run by army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the state news agency said, paving the way for the man who ousted the country's Islamist president to enter elections to replace him at the head of a violently divided nation.

The official news agency MENA said el-Sissi could officially announce his intention to run "within hours."

If el-Sissi runs in the elections due by the end of April, he would likely sweep the vote, given his popularity among a significant sector of the public, the lack of alternatives, the almost universal support in Egypt's media and the powerful atmosphere of intimidation against critics pervading the country.

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