September 1, 2014
Egypt: Al-Sisi officially runs for President
Former Egyptian Ministry of Defense, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, officially submitted his candidacy for the presidential elections, on May 26-27, according to the official news agency Mena.
His lawyer, Mohamed Baha abu Shaqa, handed over to the Egyptian Electoral Supreme Court the over 400,000 signatures collected in support of Al-Sisi’s candidacy along with the rest of the documents required by the authorities.
“Al-Sisi collected over 460,000 signatures from citizens all around the country that support his candidacy”, said a campaign’s spokesman, Ahmed Kamel.
Egyptian laws require each presidential candidate to submit 25.000 signatures supporting his bid to run for president, collected in at least 15 of the 27 provinces of the country.
The 59 year-old former Army Chief and Ministry of Defense is widely expected to win the elections. He has gained great popular support after the military coup that overthrew ex President Mohammed Morsi last July.