Egypt's Presidential Elections Set for March

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Egypt will hold its 2018 presidential elections from March 26-28, National Election Authority (NEA) announced on Monday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took office in mid-2014, a year after he led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against Morsi's one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Shafiq said last month that he was reconsidering his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections, after relatives said his whereabouts were unknown for around 24 hours.

First-round results of the election in March will be announced on 2 April and, in the event of a run-off, on 1 May.

"Following my monitoring to what is realistically happening, I've realized that I am not the right person to administrate the state in the upcoming period".

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"I have chose to not run in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections", Shafiq said in a statement on Sunday.

However, he announced on Sunday his final decision not to run for the presidential elections. "Therefore, I have decided not to run in the 2018 presidential elections", Shafiq said in a statement on his Twitter account.

Election voting by Egyptian expats is set to begin on16, 17 and 18 March, with an electoral silence due on 14 and 15 March. However, his lawyer said shortly after that he had been arrested and deported to Egypt.

In November, former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq also announced his intention to return from the United Arab Emirates, where he had resided since 2012, in order to run in the 2018 Egyptian elections.