Stage set for Morsi’s nemesis to run in elections

Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egypt’s top military body backed its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency, with a landslide win expected. The army’s announcement came after a weekend in which dozens were killed in street clashes between ousted leader Mohamed Morsi’s supporters and police and militant attacks, underscoring the difficulties Sisi will face. In July, Sisi led efforts to topple Morsi, the country’s democratically elected leader and first civilian leader, following mass protests. Morsi hails from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, now outlawed as a terrorist group. A victory for the 59-year-old Sisi will continue a tradition of Egyptian presidents drawn from the armed forces.

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