Annan, center, was the military’s chief of staff until 2012.
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Egypt's military Tuesday arrested its former chief of staff, who was planning to run in upcoming elections against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, accusing him of inciting against the armed forces and forgery, in what appeared to be a calculated move to push him out of the race.Sisi, a former head of the military, is considered virtually certain to win re-election in the March 26-28 vote.With Annan out of the race and possibly facing a court martial, only one serious presidential hopeful is left in the field: prominent rights lawyer Khaled Ali.He has been accused of seeking the support of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, conspiring with the West against Sisi and defaming the country's military.In a video statement announcing his intention to run, Annan appealed to military and state institutions to remain neutral in the presidential race, saying it should not be biased in favor of Sisi, who might not be president in a few months' time.Two other presidential hopefuls besides Annan have been forced to quit the race.
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