Published: 2018-01-08 19:51
Last Updated: 2018-01-08 19:51
As Egypt announced that the presidential elections will be held in March, the world seems to keep an eye on Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the current Egyptian President who is likely to run a second term, according to Reuters.
Al-Sisi did not announce his candidacy yet, but is widely expected to run and win.
As a military commander, al-Sisi was able to win a landslide victory after leading a coup against former president Mohamed Morsi.
Candidates must register between January 20-29. And if no participants were able to win a majority first time around, a run-off would be held on April 24-26, the National Election Commission said.
"I call on Egyptians, young and seniors, women and men who have the right to vote to take part in the elections,"London South East reported citing Electoral Commission Head Lasheen Ibrahim.
The elections will be Egypt’s third, after Hosni Mubarak’s long rule.
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, was considering running for elections, and was seen as Sisi’s most serious challenger.
However, he withdrawn his decision as he was detained in the UAE, where he fled after losing elections in 2012.
This came after announcing his candidacy in November.
Another presidential candidate, was lawyer Khaled Ali, who faces a potential three-month prison sentence, for an alleged rude gesture he made in public last year.