Egypt to Hold a Presidential Election on December 10-12, with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi Expected to Seek Third Term.
Egypt’s presidential election is scheduled for December 10-12, as announced by the elections authority. President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is widely anticipated to run for re-election, benefiting from constitutional amendments passed in 2019, which extended presidential terms from four to six years, potentially allowing him to remain in office until 2030. The election results are set to be declared by December 18, with final results, if a runoff is required, expected no later than January 16, according to the election authority.
While President Sisi has not officially declared his candidacy, pro-government parties have initiated a campaign endorsing his re-election, featuring billboards in Cairo. In both the 2014 and 2018 elections, Sisi won by a significant margin, garnering 97 percent of the vote in each case. In 2018, he faced only one opponent, who was also a strong Sisi supporter, as the main challenger was arrested, and other contenders withdrew, citing intimidation.
This time, four other candidates have expressed their intention to run, including former member of parliament Ahmed Eltantawy, who has alleged that security services arrested some of his associates and obstructed his election events. Official responses to these allegations have not been provided. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, a former army chief, assumed the presidency in 2014, a year after leading the ousting of democratically elected Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood following widespread protests against Mursi’s rule.