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Egypt sets presidential vote for May 26 and 27

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s election commission says the first round of voting for the country’s new president will be held on May 26 and 27, with results expected in early June.

In a press conference Sunday, the commission said that if a second round is necessary, it would be held in mid-June with results expected June 26.

The country’s powerful former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer, has announced his bid for office and is widely expected to win. The commission said that the window for nomination of candidates will open Monday until April 20. A three-week campaign period is slated to start in early May.

Egypt is bitterly divided over Morsi’s ouster, but el-Sissi has garnered wide support for his role in it.

Associated Press

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