Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, long considered a presidential hopeful, officially announced Wednesday that he will resign his military position in order to run for president.
In a speech carried by national TV, Sisi referenced Egypt's post-revolution turmoil as influencing his decision to run.
"These recent years of our nation's history have conclusively shown that no one can become president of Egypt against the will of the people or short of their support. Never can anyone force Egyptians to vote for a president they do not want.
"Therefore, I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt ... Only your support will grant me this great honor."
Following mass protests against Egypt's first elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi deposed the president. Sisi's support base includes those who opposed President Morsi and applauded his removal. Islamists, however, view Sisi as a strongman who led a coup against a legitimately-elected president and has since cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood, now considered a terrorist group in Egypt.
National elections are expected to be held later in the year.