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Egypt to hold presidential vote on December 10-12

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief, has been in power for nearly a decade
— Cairo (AFP)

Egypt will hold a presidential vote on December 10-12, election officials said Monday, at a time the Arab world's most populous country is mired in a painful economic crisis.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief in power for nearly a decade, has yet to formally announce his candidacy, but state-aligned media has already published messages of support from pro-government entities.

Sisi, 68, was first elected in 2014, the year after he led the ouster of late Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, and then won a 2018 vote in a landslide against one of his own supporters.

Only two other candidates have so far declared their intention to run this time, including opposition politician Ahmed al-Tantawi, who has for months denounced harassment by security forces.

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