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May 12, 2014

Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, the man in charge of the military during the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, has promised to remove himself from office if the Egyptian people rise up against him, assuming he is elected president in the first place.

Sisi made the comments in a television interview as part of his campaign for president. Elections for the highest office in the land take place May 26-27.

Sisi promised to improve living conditions throughout the country within two years of taking office. Political unrest has been a constant in Egypt since the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The country's economic outlook has been cyclical as well, with foreign loans bridging some of the gap.

Sisi was until recently the head of the army and was the de facto vice president under Interim President Adly Mansour until resigning both posts a few weeks ago, in order to formalize his presidential campaign.

Also in the TV interview, Sisi reiterated his support for the military and its role in supporting the country's current protest law, passed over harsh criticism earlier this year.

Only Sisi and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi are on the presidential ballot.

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