Egypt's Sabahi says to contest presidency

Reuters News

2/8/2014 2:02:27 PM - Reuters News

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi said on Saturday he had decided to run for the presidency in a forthcoming election that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.

Sabahi came third in the 2012 election won by Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was deposed by the army in July following mass protests against his rule.

"My personal decision as a citizen is to run for the coming presidential elections," Sabahi said in a public address.

(Reporting by Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Ralph Boulton)