Wednesday 15 August 2018

Egypt to hold presidential election in March

The Egyptian National Electoral Commission also announced that the presidential run-off will take place in April (AP)
The Egyptian National Electoral Commission also announced that the presidential run-off will take place in April (AP)

Egypt will hold a presidential election from March 26-28, with a run-off in April.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has yet to formally announce his bid for re-election, but is widely expected to run and win a second four-year term.

Authorities have waged a wide-scale crackdown on dissent since Mr el-Sissi, as defence minister, led the military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013.

Lasheen Ibrahim, the chairman of the national election authority, announced the dates for the election on Monday.

A run-off will be held on April 24-26 if no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote. Egyptian expatriates will vote from March 16-18 and April 19-21.

Press Association

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