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Arab League to oversee Egypt's 2018 presidential elections


Sunday 21st of January 2018 01:06 PM

The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) announced yesterday its participation in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections slated for March.

"This participation comes in the light of the AL massive interest in such an election that is an important step in enhancing the course of democracy and good governance in Egypt," the pan-Arab body said in a statement.

AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit assigned one of his aides to lead a mission of different Arab diplomats who will be distributed in different Egyptian provinces to oversee the polls, according to the statement.

It added that an operation room will be constantly operating during the elections to follow up all relevant developments, communicate with the mission members in different provinces and receive their notes.

Egypt will hold its 2018 presidential polls in late March. After a 10-day candidate registration period started on Saturday, the candidates will start their campaigns on Feb. 24.

The result of the first round is set to be announced on April 2, according to the country's National Election Authority.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi officially announced his intention to run for a second four-year presidential term. former military chief of staff Sami Anan also declared his intention to join the 2018 presidential race.

Last December, a pro-Sisi non-official campaign called "So That You Can Build It (Egypt)" said it collected over 12 million signatures from Egyptians, more than 11 percent of the population, who support Sisi's campaign for a second term.


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