Egypt’s President, Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for second term
Written by Morenike Adebayo on January 10, 2018
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president. Lawmakers said this on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced.
Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy for the ballot, scheduled for the twenty-sixth to thetwenty-eighth of March. But he is widely expected to run and win the election. The former general won a landslide victory in an election in 2014, one year after he led the overthrow of elected president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The election will be Egypt’s third since the 2011 uprising that ended strongman Hosni Mubarak’s long rule.
Election regulations stipulate that would-be candidates must obtain the backing of at least 20 members of parliament for their candidacy or must be supported by at least 25,000 eligible voters in at least 15 governorates.