Egypt to Elect New President


Polls are due to open across Egypt for two days of voting to choose a new president.

A huge security operation is under way for the vote, which will elect a successor to Mohammed Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader who was ousted by the military last year, BBC reported.

Analysts predict an easy victory for Abdul Fattah al-Sisi the former army leader who led the removal of Mursi.

The only other candidate is veteran left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi.

President Mursi was deposed last July following mass protests and he is standing trial on a raft of charges. He strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Egypt’s military authorities have since clamped down hard on Mursi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, declaring it a “terrorist organization” and arresting its senior leaders and thousands of its members.

In his election campaign, Sisi has set out plans to develop agriculture, housing, education, impoverished areas and employment.

He is backed by several big businessmen as well as a broad range of political parties from the Islamist right to the moderate left.

Hamdeen Sabahi, a previous presidential contender, offers an alternative to young voters who favor a civilian candidate over a former military one.

He promises to combat corruption and incompetence while promoting civil rights.

Both candidates say they will not re-legalize the Muslim Brotherhood.