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Election of Egyptian president

May 25, 2014 - EGYPT

Egypt votes for a new president with former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to win.

The results are expected by 5 Jun. A second round will follow, if needed, before 26 Jun. Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi plans to run for the office as a civilian. El-Sisi deposed Morsi on 3 Jul 2013 after significant protests against the Islamist president's rule. The ouster has triggered more strife, with al-Morsi supporters agitating for his return to power. Islamist Militants based in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli border have stepped up attacks on soldiers and policemen, and it is all but certain that the election, deemed illegitimate by Morsi supporters, will spur more bloodshed. El-Sisi's anticipated victory would restore a tradition since 1952 - apart from the year the democratically-elected al-Morsi held power, of Egyptian presidents from military backgrounds.

Egypt's presidential election to be held in late May (Guardian 30 Mar 2014)

Date written/update: 2014-05-05