Egypt to hold presidential election in late May
Presidential elections will be held in Egypt in late May, the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Wednesday, quoting Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mohammed Attia, dpa reported.
Nominations for contesting the election will be accepted starting from March 10 for three weeks, added the official, without setting an exact date for the vote.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been ruling Egypt since former president Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down last February, had earlier said the presidential election would be held in mid-June.
But the junta is under increasing pressure from the opposition to bring forward the date and expedite the transfer of power to an elected civilian administration.
"The candidates standing for president will be given around six weeks for campaigning," said Attia.
A dozen of presidential hopefuls have already launched bids for the country's top post.
The influential Muslim Brotherhood, who controls nearly half of the parliament, has said it will not nominate one of its members.