Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has confirmed that he will stand for a third term in office at an election scheduled for December.
Egyptian civil servants and beneficiaries of the government’s flagship cash transfer programme for the poor are being forced to submit endorsement petitions for current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in office until 2030, as the country gears up for presidential elections.
Off to the Races, or not: Election season kicks off with unannounced candidate in lead position as opposition faces hurdles
It has been two days since the National Elections Authority officially launched election season, setting off a sprint toward the December 10–12 poll date.
Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of the year, with results expected by mid-December, or January in the event of a run-off vote.
An Egyptian man has been “forcibly disappeared” after posting a video on Facebook in which he criticised the economic situation under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi just months ahead of the presidential election, a rights group has confirmed.
At the end of last week, several prospective opposition candidates took the plunge into the presidential election pool after months of behind-the-scenes deliberations around what running for Egypt’s highest political office in the current political climate would mean.
The Egyptian presidential elections will be held outside Egypt on December 1-3 and inside Egypt on December 10-12, the head of the National Elections Authority Walid Hamza announced during the National Elections Authority’s press conference on Monday.
Egypt’s upcoming presidential election timetable will be officially declared on Monday 25 September amid speculation that the vote will be brought forward.
Egypt’s main liberal opposition movement said Sunday it would not nominate a presidential candidate in the election expected next year, after its frontrunner was sentenced to six months in prison.
At a time when Egypt has been undergoing the most challenging economic crisis in modern history and the worst human rights record witnessed in decades, the country’s opposition groups have yet to agree on an alternative candidate to compete against incumbent president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the soon-to-come elections.