Egypt’s sitting president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has announced his re-election bid, where he will seek a second four-year term as president.
The former military commander is widely expected to win, after bringing some stability to the country, though tough economic reforms may impact his popularity.
“Today … I tell you frankly and transparently that I hope you would allow and accept my candidacy for the president’s post,” Mr Sisi said.
“Building the state takes 16 to 20 years, I am trying to finish it in 8 years, God willing.”
Mr Sisi rose to power as leader of a military coup against President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Mr Mursi was the first democratically elected leader of Egypt after longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak fell in the “Arab Spring”.
Mr Sisi was elected president with 96.91 percent of the vote, though the turnout was only around 47 percent of the country’s 54 million voters.
Elections are to be held between the 26th and 28th of March.