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Egypt Announces Dates for Presidential Election

Egypt has announced the dates for the first round of voting for a new president.

Egypt's election commission says voting will be held on May 26 and 27, with results expected in early June.

The commission said Sunday if a second round is necessary, it would be held in mid-June with results expected June 26.

The commission said candidate nominations will open Monday and will be taken until April 20. A three-week campaign period is slated to start in early May.

The country's powerful former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July, has announced his bid for office.

Egypt is bitterly divided over Morsi's ouster, but el-Sissi has garnered wide support for his role in it.

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