Egypt Sets Date For Presidential Election



Egypt’s electoral commission announced on Sunday that the presidential poll will take place May 26 and 27, with former army chief Abdul Fattah Al Sissi seen as the leading candidate.

The only other person to declare his candidacy so far has been Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who came third in the last presidential elections in 2012.

The election would go into a second round if there is no clear winner, but that outcome seems unlikely given Al Sissi’s popularity after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in July last year, and the absence of serious contenders.

Nominations would be accepted from Monday until 20 April. Egyptians abroad will vote between 15 and 19 May.

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