Egypt to hold 2018 presidential elections in March

Lasheen Ibrahim the head of Egypt's national electoral commission speaks a press conference
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY  REUTERS

Lasheen Ibrahim the head of Egypt's national electoral commission speaks a press conference Credit MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY REUTERS

The announcement was made during a press conference held by the National Election Authority and broadcast by state-run television.

Once appeals by rejected candidates are settled, "the final list of candidate names and their symbols will be announced and published in the official gazette and Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar newspapers" on February 24, he said.

In the case of no run-offs, the victor of the elections will be announced on 2 April, 2018.

Sisi himself has yet to declare if he will run but is widely expected to do so. "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.

Egyptians living overseas are to cast their votes on March 16-18, he added, with second round ballots on April 19-21 if necessary.

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The independent NEC, established by a presidential decree in August 2017, is a 10-member commission and has sole responsibility for supervising general elections and referendums in Egypt.

It will be Egypt's third election since the 2011 uprising which ended strongman Hosni Mubarak's long rule.

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

The ex-air force commander and former aviation minister was seen as the most serious potential challenger to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in an election due in May.

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