Egypt to hold election earlier than expected

Egypt is to hold a presidential election this December - earlier than had been expected.

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

The election was initially expected to be held in the spring of 2024. Some experts suspect it was moved so voters would go to the polls before a possible switch to a flexible exchange rate - a change that could exacerbate social tensions.

The vote will be held between 10-12 December, said National Election Authority chairman Judge Walid Hassan Hamza.

Excluding Mr Sisi, only two candidates have so far declared their intention to run in the coming election. One of them - opposition politician Ahmed al-Tantawi - has for months accused security forces of harrassment.

Source: BBC 

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