Egypt’s military chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has confirmed his intention to run for president.
The elections are due within the next few months following the approval of the country’s newly amended constitution.
According to Kuwaiti media reports Sisi said he had no alternative but to meet the demands of the Egyptian people to stand.
The news comes as no surprise since Egypt’s top military council gave Sisi the green light last month to seek the presidency which he is almost certain to win.
It was in July that Sisi toppled the man who had made him Egypt’s armed forces chief in 2012.
President Mohamed Mursi was ousted after mass protests against his rule despite being the country’s first democratically elected leader.
Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement accuse Sisi of staging a coup and undermining democratic gains made since the popular uprising which forced out Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
If Sisi wins the presidential poll he will be the sixth general to rule Egypt, with Mursi being the only civilian to have filled the post.