Egyptian presidential contender pulls out of race

Marie Harrington
January 9, 2018

Lasheen Ibrahim, the chairman of the national election authority, told a news conference in Cairo that a runoff will be held April 24-26 if no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote.

The final list of the candidates will be announced on February 24, he added, noting that the deadline for any candidate to retreat will be on March 1.

Results of the first round will be announced on April 2, Ibrahim said. However, he is widely expected to run for a second term.

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.

Elections for voters outside the country will be held between March 16 to 18.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against Morsi's one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

However, he announced on Sunday his final decision not to run for the presidential elections.

Shafiq, appointed premier by president Hosni Mubarak shortly before Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, was seen as a main challenger for Sisi. Sisi is yet to officially announce his candidacy.

Shafik returned to Egypt from the United Arab Emirates in December after announcing his intention to run, setting off a firestorm of criticism from state-aligned media.

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