Egypt's President Sisi to re-run in presidential polls

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi greets Copts at the new

Egypt's President Sisi to re-run in presidential polls

Egypt's president has finally announced he will run for a second, four-year term in elections in March, expertly choosing to break the news and do some not-too-subtle vote-canvassing on live television before an adoring audience of government members, hardcore supporters and powerful media figures.

The president also tweeted his intention to run.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who had clinched the throne through a coup, has announced he would be seeking a second term.

Would-be candidates for the presidency must register with the National Elections Authority by January 29.

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Thousands have already signed endorsements for Al-Sisi, with several campaigns starting mass conferences gearing to support the president.

Anan served as armed forces chief-of-staff from 2005 until he was retired by Morsi in 2012 and analysts said his candidacy might attract Egyptians nostalgic for the relative stability of the Mubarak era.

The NEC will receive submission until January 29, according to the presidential race schedule, which is set to start with the vote of Egyptians overseas on March 16, and on March 26 for Egyptians inside the country.

Hours after Sisi's announcement, former military chief of staff Sami Anan also declared his intention to join the 2018 presidential race, blaming Egypt's ongoing problems on "wrong policies" and calling on the country's institutions not to take sides in favor of any candidate.

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He added that he appointed former top auditor Heshan Genenina as a vice president for human rights and transparency, as well as political science professor Hazem Hosny as an official spokesperson and vice president for knowledge.

Last week, MP Mortada Mansour announced that he is planning to run in the upcoming presidential election, in a phone call with TV presenter Ahmed Moussa during his evening talk show.

Sisi said earlier that he would not seek to change this part of the constitution.

Egypt will hold its 2018 presidential polls in late March.

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The third since 2011, the presidential elections will be held on March 26-28, with a run-off vote on April 24-26 if no candidate wins more than 50 percent in the first round.

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