200 Egyptian lawmakers endorse Sisi for 2nd term

CAIRO: At least 200 Egyptian lawmakers on Tuesday endorsed President Abdel Fattah al Sisi to run for a second term in office, state-run newspaper Al Ahram reported online.
Al Sisi, an army-general-turned-president, has not officially announced his candidacy, but he is widely expected to run and win in the vote set for March.
“More than 200 members of parliament signed endorsements for the nomination of President Al Sisi for a second term in order to complete the achievements he started and achieve the renaissance of the Egyptian state,” lawmaker Alaa Abed of the Free Egyptians Party said, according to Al Ahram.
In line with Egypt’s constitution, a presidential hopeful must be endorsed by at least 20 lawmakers or by 25,000 voters in at least 15 of the country’s 27 governorates in order to be eligible for running.
The 596-strong legislature is dominated by Al Sisi loyalists.
On Monday, the High Election Commission, a judicial panel, announced that the presidential polls will be held over three days beginning on March 26.