Egypt's former army chief of staff Anan announces 2018 presidential elections bid

Egypt's former army chief of staff Anan announces 2018 presidential elections bid

Former Egyptian armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan said on Saturday he meant to run in the country's presidential election in March.

Masr Al-Orouba Al-Democraty Party (Egypt Arabism Democratic Party) has announced last week its support for Anan to run for president in the 2018 election. "No, because there is no contestation - we've seen viable candidates withdraw or pull out, and we have two right now who are very weak in nature and really haven't done the leg work", Dalia Fahmy, associate professor of political science at the Long Island University told the Al Jazeera. Sami Balah, secretary-general of the party, announced that the supreme body of Masr Al-Orouba agreed collectively on the nomination of Anan.

"I pledge that the upcoming presidential election will be free and transparent. and be characterized by equal opportunities between candidates", Sisi said.

Al-Sisi called on his official facebook page for mass participation in the coming presidential elections regardless of the out come.

Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on March 26-28 in Egypt, while expatriates will vote on March 16-18, said NEC Chairman Lasheen Ibrahim in a press conference.

He added that he'll submit his candidacy documents to the National Electoral Authority after he finishes all requirements in accordance to military law, as a former army chief of staff, to run.

On the second day of the Hekyat Watan' [Nation's story] conference, in which Sisi shared with Egyptians achievements made in his first presidential term, he went on to emphasize that Egypt will do its best go achieve the highest level of safety in its airports and touristic destinations.

Late on Friday (19 January), just as largely expected, al-Sisi, 63, announced he would contest in the March presidential race.

The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2.

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