Egypt to hold presidential elections in March

Egypt to hold presidential elections in March

Egypt to hold presidential elections in March

The first round of the Egyptian presidential elections will be held March 26-28 and the run-off on April 24-26.

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, center, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik has said via his Twitter account he will no longer challenge incumbent President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in this year's elections.

Ibrahim said the commission would accept applications from presidential hopefuls between January 20 and 29.

That will mark the official start of the campaign, which will run until March 23, Ibrahim said, with final results to be announced on May 1.

Elections for voters outside the country will be held between March 16 to 18.

If Ali's conviction is upheld, he will be ineligible to run in the 2018 elections according to Egypt's Presidential Elections Law.

El-Sissi, in office since 2014, has yet to officially declare his candidacy but he is virtually certain to run and win the vote.

Egyptian rights and opposition lawyer Khaled Ali announced in November his intention to join the 2018 presidential race.

Shafik returned to Egypt from the United Arab Emirates in December after announcing his intention to run, setting off a firestorm of criticism from state-aligned media.

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