A look at egypt presidential polls’ two challengers – egypt today hollywood u database

CAIRO – 16 march 2018: egyptian voters overseas started casting their ballots on thursday to choose between two candidates; president abdel fattah al sisi and al-ghad party chairperson moussa mostafa moussa.

Other candidates announced their withdrawal from the presidential race including lawyer khaled ali, former egyptian prime minister ahmed shafik and former military chief of staff sami anan who was basically removed from the voters’ database.

Sisi used to be egypt’s minister of defense and commander of the egyptian armed forces, under former president mohamed morsi who was toppled in july 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on november 19, 1954, sisi grew up in gamaleya neighborhood, near the al-azhar mosque, in a quarter where muslims, jews and christians resided peacefully.Election authority


Sisi graduated from the egyptian military academy in 1977, and then received his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became commander of the northern military region-alexandria in 2008 and then director of military intelligence and reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the supreme council of the armed forces of egypt.

He was also trained at the joint services command and staff college at watchfield, oxfordshire, in the united kingdom, and the united states army war college in carlisle, pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed minister of defense in august 2012.Foreign ministry

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new suez canal and the new administrative capital and a wide economic development strategy which was launched in 2016.

President sisi has showed his intention to run for president during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “tale of a homeland” conference, where the president and the egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields during the last four years.

On his official twitter account, sisi called on the egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see most eligible.Election authority

Moussa who heads the egyptian council for arab tribes, became the chairperson of al-ghad party in september 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder ayman nour.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the national election authority (NEA) on january 29, moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand for the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of march.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 members of parliament- the majority of them represent monufia governorate- required to run the election.

Born on 13 july, 1952, moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from école nationale supérieure d’architecture de versailles in france.Foreign ministry moussa is married and has two daughters.

Egyptian expatriates began lining up at polling stations in new zealand and australia to cast ballots scheduled for three days in the 2018 presidential election.

Egyptian foreign minister’s deputy hamdi loza said previously that all foreign missions have been provided with electronic scanners so voters’ ID cards and passports can be quickly scanned, noting that the whole expatriate voting process will be monitored by surveillance cameras linked with an operations room at the foreign ministry.

He added that the foreign ministry held training courses for committees that will supervise voting abroad under the supervision of the national elections authority (NEA), as well as other procedures aimed at facilitating the highest turnout from expats.Foreign ministry

The national election authority (NEA), headed by counselor lashin ibrahim, announced on february 24 the final list for egypt’s upcoming presidential election including president sisi and moussa moustafa moussa, head of al-ghad party.

Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election on march 26-28 in egypt, while expatriates will vote on march 16-18 at 139 polling stations located in embassies and consulates of 124 countries, said ibrahim in a press conference.

The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on march 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made.

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