Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
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Egypt army head runs for presidency

27 March 2014 Last updated at 05:02 GMT

Egypt's army chief and defence minister, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has announced that he has resigned from the military in order to run in presidential elections due next month.

In a televised address, he made what amounted to a campaign speech.

Critics describe him as a military hardliner who has stifled dissent.

Orla Guerin reports.