FILE PHOTO: Egypt's former army chief of staff Sami Anan speaks during a news conference at his office in Cairo, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File photo
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A top politician says that a former Egyptian army chief of staff will contest the upcoming presidential elections in March, as other candidates have faced heavy pressure to drop out.Ragab Helal Hemida, the head of the policies committee in the Egypt Arabist Democratic party, told The Associated Press Friday that Lt. Gen. Sami Annan has accepted the candidacy nomination by his party.He said that Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's popularity taken a blow after painful austerity measures saw a large sector of Egyptians falling into poverty or economic hardship.
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