Egypt sets March 26 to March 8 as presidential election date

Kristopher Drake
January 9, 2018

Egyptians will head to the polls on March 26-28 in the first round of a presidential election, National Elections Authority chief Lasheen Ibrahim said Monday.

"Elections of Egyptian expatriates will be held on March 16-18", NEA Chief Lashin Ibrahim said in a press conference.

Incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to stand for re-election and win in the first round.

"I have made a decision to not run in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections", Shafiq said in a statement on Sunday.

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.

Shafiq said last month that he was reconsidering his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections, after relatives said his whereabouts were unknown for around 24 hours.

"I have seen that I will not be the ideal person to lead the state's affairs during the coming period. Thus I have decided not to run in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections", Shafik said in a statement posted on the social media site on Sunday.

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

Shafiq was Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister before he was toppled in the 25 January uprising in 2011.

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

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