>> Setting the date for Egypt's presidential election, the National Election Commission announcing it will run over three days from March 26th.>>
> But the race currently lacks serious candidates. Incumbent president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected to seek a second term in office but has yet to put his name forward.
Sisi won a landslide victory after he led the military overthrow of elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. His most serious potiential challenger, former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, recalled his candidacy on Sunday, saying his time back in Egypt led him to reconsider the decision. He narrowly lost to the 2012 election to Morsi and shortly after fled to the United Arab Emirates.
He returned to Egypt in December, announcing his intention to continge/s the presidency, setting off a fire storm of criticism from state-aligned media and speculation that he was held by authorities in a Cairo hotel. Another presidential hopeful, rights lawyer Khaled Ali, is still awaiting a court decision on whether he will be allowed to run.
He's appealing a three-month prison sentence for public indecency over an alleged rude hand gesture. He claims the charges are politically motivated. A guilty verdict will stop his presidential dream. Candidates must put their names forward by the end of this month. This year's election will be Egypt's third since the 2011 uprising.