Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday announced that he will run for a third term in office.
Sisi, whose current term six-year term ends in 2024, was widely expected to run again in the presidential polls, slated for December.
In a televised speech, Sisi said that he will seek a new presidential term.
The announcement came as thousands of Egyptians gathered in several squares in Egypt to show support for Sisi’s candidacy for a third term in office.
Egypt will hold presidential elections on Dec. 10-12.
Candidates seeking to run in the elections can file for candidacy on Oct. 5-14, according to the country’s election authority.
Seven political figures have announced plans to run, including Ahmed Tantawi, a former parliamentarian, who is seen as a strong opposition candidate if he officially enters the race.
Candidates seeking to run must secure endorsements from 20 lawmakers or 25,000 registered voters across at least 15 provinces, with a minimum of 1,000 endorsements from each governorate.