Egypt's ex-PM Shafik says won't run for presidency

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Egypt announced on Monday the date for the March presidential elections for voters inside and outside the country.

In an official announcement during a Cairo press conference, NEA head Lasheen Ibrahim announced the timetable for the highly anticipated elections, with proceedings to take place between late January and 1 May, when the NEA will announce the victor and new president of Egypt.

Incumbent Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has not yet said whether he will run for reelection but for the moment there are no candidates that could challenge him successfully.

Elections nationwide are set to start on 26, 27 and 28 March, with electoral silence set for 24 and 25 March.

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

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Egyptian rights and opposition lawyer Khaled Ali announced in November his intention to join the 2018 presidential race.

Egyptians living overseas are to cast their votes on March 16-18, he added, with second round ballots on April 19-21 if necessary.

Sisi himself has yet to declare if he will run but is widely expected to do so. Upon his arrival, Shafiq said that he had 'the chance to investigate more and see exactly what is needed' in Egypt prior to announcing his final stance.

The upcoming presidential elections are Egypt's third since the January 25 uprising.

Former Air Force Commander and ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who fled Egypt after narrowly losing to Morsi in the 2012 elections, announced from the United Arab Emirates his intention to run for president.

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