- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2014

The first round of Egypt’s presidential poll has been set for May 26-27 May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday.

The announcement comes just days after Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi resigned from the military and announced he was running.

El-Sisi led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July after mass opposition protests, BBC reported.

The May election would go into a second round if there is no clear winner, but that outcome seems unlikely. Correspondents say El-Sisi is likely to win the presidency, given his popularity and the lack of any serious rivals.

A second round would be held in mid-June with results expected June 26, the commission said.

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