Egypt’s military says the nation’s top soldier will, if he decides to run for President, announce his intention in an address to the “glorious people of Egypt,” not through a third party.

Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali was responding to comments attributed by a Kuwaiti daily to Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi that he had made up his mind to run for President.

Field Marshal el-Sissi is widely expected to run for President, but he has yet to announce his candidacy. Speculations are rife that he will do so in a televised address to the nation later this month.

The spokesman described what Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah attributed to Field Marshal el-Sissi as the daily’s own “interpretation” and not “direct comments” by the military chief.

Col. Ali’s statement was posted on Thursday on his official Facebook page.

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