Egypt To Elect President In Two Day Voting Process

The first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the military last year following mass protests.

Morsi is standing trial on a raft of charges which he strongly denies wrongdoing.

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

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 favour 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-legalise the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's military authorities have since clamped down hard on Morsi's party, the Muslim Brotherhood, declaring it a "terrorist organisation" and arresting its senior leaders and thousands of its members.

By Beth Nyaga

Source: BBC News

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