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Two contenders to run for presidency in Egypt's elections

April 21, 2014, 11:46 UTC+3
Former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahi will contest the position of Egypt's president on May 26-27
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CAIRO, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. There are only two presidential candidates in Egypt’s upcoming elections – former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahi, as registration for the elections finished on Sunday, April 21.

Electoral Committee official Abdel al-Aziz Salman said that more than 188,900 signatures were submitted for al-Sisi, well above the required 25,000. Sabahi garnered more than 31,600 signatures of support. Sabahi ran for presidency in 2012 and came in third with 20% of votes. 

The third potential presidential candidate was Mortada Mansour, lawyer and president of the Zamalek, football club, announced on Saturday he would not run for presidency, giving his support to al-Sisi.

The presidential elections in Egypt will take place on May 26-27.

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