Egypt announces to hold presidential election on May 26-27



Cairo: Egypt announced a presidential election for May 26-27, a poll likely to be swept by the retired army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who deposed the president in July.

Sisi is expected to win the vote riding on a wave of popularity for having removed the divisive president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests demanding his resignation.

The only other main candidate is leftwing politician Hamdeen Sabbahi, who came third in the 2012 election that Morsi won. The new president will be announced by June 26 at the latest.

The election would go into a second round on June 16-17 if there was no outright winner, but that outcome seems unlikely given Sisi’s popularity and the absence of serious contenders.

The commission said registration of candidates would open on Monday and run until April 20, and campaigning from May 3-23.

The announcement of the dates by electoral chief Ashraf al-Asy came after Sisi resigned as defence minister and army commander last week to contest the election, pledging to eradicate “terrorism”.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has said there can be no stability under Sisi as president, accusing him of having staged a coup against Egypt’s first freely elected and civilian president.