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Egypt election set for late May

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The first round of Egypt’s presidential poll has been set for 26-27 May, the electoral authorities say, days after army chief Gen Sisi resigned and announced his candidature.

State TV said nominations would be accepted from Monday until 20 April.

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July after mass opposition protests.

Correspondents say he is likely to win the presidency, given his popularity and the lack of any serious rivals.

If he does not win outright in the first round of voting, a second round will be held on 16-17 June.

Egyptians abroad will vote between 15 and 19 May, state media report.

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