Egypt says its first presidential election since a popular uprising ousted autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak a year ago will be held on May 23 and 24. Egyptian election commission chief Farouk Sultan said Wednesday that if no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election will take place on June 16 and 17.
He said the final election results will be announced on June 21. Egypt’s military rulers who took over from Mr. Mubarak had promised to hand over power to a civilian leader by the end of June. Sultan said presidential candidates will be allowed to begin campaigning April 30. He also said Egyptian expatriates will be entitled to vote.