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Egypt presidential vote set for May 26-27, election body says

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-30

Egypt's electoral commission announced Sunday that a presidential vote would be held May 26-27 to choose a successor to Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in a July coup. Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win the election.

Sisi led the military overthrow that toppled Morsi and served as defence minister in the subsequent months until he retired from the army last week, in order to pave the way for a presidential bid. 

The election will go into a second round on June 16-17 if there is no clear winner, but that outcome seems unlikely given Sisi's popularity and the absence of other serious contenders.

The other main candidate is politician Hamdeen Sabbahi, who placed third in the 2012 election that brought Morsi to power.

Egypt has been plagued by often violent protests and a spate of militant attacks that have killed 496 people, mostly policemen and soldiers, the government says.

Morsi's backers in the Muslim Brotherhood movement have said there can be no stability with Sisi as president, accusing him of staging a coup against the country's first freely elected and civilian president.

The moderate Islamist movement has vowed to continue its near-daily protests, which threaten to undermine the already battered national economy.

According to a road map drawn up by the military-installed government, the presidential election will be followed by a parliamentary poll to restore elected rule by the end of the year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-03-30

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