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24 January 2018, 12:41 | Kara Nash
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has officially announced on Friday that he would run for a second term in the upcoming presidential elections set to take place in March.
Sisi's challengers have described a sweeping effort to kill off their campaigns before they have even begun, with media attacks on candidates, intimidation of supporters, and a nomination process stacked in favor of the former general.
"Your participation in the election will be a strong message", before jokingly adding that Egyptians would "become exhausted with me again because Egypt needs every sacrifice", Al Jazeera reported, the Egyptian President as saying, in a speech aired live on TV. He called on Egypt's state institutions to "remain neutral" and not to take sides in the election.
Sisi is widely expected win in the first round, which is to be held from March 26 to 28.
In a five-minute video declaration posted on Facebook, Enan said he will run for president in aims to save Egypt from "wrong policies".
In addition to Sisi, other candidates declared their will to run in the 2018 elections, including human rights lawyer Khaled Ali, MP and Zamalek Sporting Club chairman Mortada Mansour, and former army chief-of-staff Sami Anan.
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The NEC will receive submission until January 29, according to the presidential race schedule, which is set to start with the vote of Egyptians overseas on March 16, and on March 26 for Egyptians inside the country. In all cases, no one person can support more than one candidate.
Would-be candidates for the presidency must register with the National Elections Authority by January 29. Both have already announced their candidature but, another prominent figure has also thrown his hat into the ring following al-Sisi's statement.
Former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq said on January 7 that he would not stand, reversing a pledge he made from the United Arab Emirates in November.
Shafiq's decision to scrap his candidacy came after he was deported from the UAE, where he had been living in exile since 2012, back to Egypt last month.
On Monday, Mohamed Anwar Sadat, a dissident and nephew of the late president of the same name, said he would not stand either because the climate was not right for free elections.
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