Egypt: Retired general not to run for president

CAIRO (AP) — The former chief of staff of Egypt's military says he will not run for president, leaving a leftist politician as the only serious candidate to run against the nation's military chief.

Sami Anan told a news conference Thursday his decision not to run in next month's vote was rooted in the "nation's higher interests" and out of the realization of the dangers facing it.

Anan played a key part in running Egypt when generals took power for nearly 17 months after Hosni Mubarak's 2011 ouster. He was retired in 2012 by Mubarak's successor, Mohammed Morsi.

Anan's popular support is thought to be limited. His departure leaves leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi as Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's only significant rival in the race. El-Sissi has yet to formally declare his candidacy.