Egypt leftist leader to contest elections


CAIRO -- A leading left-wing Egyptian politician says he will contest upcoming presidential elections, set to be a tough battle for anyone hoping to face an anticipated run by the country's powerful army chief.

Hamdeen Sabahi, who placed third in the nation's first free presidential race in 2012, told his supporters in Cairo on Saturday that he will run because "the revolution must rule."

His constituency is mainly a range of liberal and leftist youth groups that reject both military and Islamist rule.

Sabahi has postponed his announcement for weeks saying his decision was pending an announcement by Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi.

El-Sissi led the military coup that deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July after millions marched to demand his resignation.

Although he has not formally announced a candidacy, he has backing from the military.

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