Egypt leader vows neutrality ahead of presidency vote

This is the first presidential election since the ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi in July

Egypt leader vows neutrality ahead of presidency vote

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday called on Egyptians to vote in the two-day presidential election, which kicks off Monday, pledging neutrality by all state agencies.

"Let us all go out tomorrow and the day after to express our free will," Mansour said in a televised address.

"All state institutions, including the presidency, shall not direct any citizen towards a specific candidate," he added. "Let us move without any dictations to rebuild our country."

Egypt will hold on Monday and Tuesday its first presidential election since last year's ouster by the military of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Around 54 million Egyptians are eligible to cast their ballots in the election, which will be secured by more than 300,000 army and police personnel.

The two candidates in the race are former chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, who ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi in July following protests against his one-year presidency, and leftist politician and former presidential contender Hamdeen Sabahi.

The vote is the second step in the post-Morsi transitional roadmap, which included an amendment to the 2012 constitution and concludes with parliamentary elections later this year.

Last Mod: 25 Mayıs 2014, 16:13
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