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Egypt to have elected leader by June, says interim president

Published on Mar 14, 2014 4:46 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Interim president Adly Mansour said Egypt will have an elected leader in 21/2 months, in an interview published on Friday by the state-owned Al-Ahram daily.

The presidential election is seen as a major milestone in a transitional roadmap outlined by the military-installed authorities for a return to democratic rule after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made no secret of his intention to stand in the election - which is scheduled to be held sometime this spring - but has yet to announce his candidacy officially.

Since he announced Mursi's ouster on July 3, Gen Sisi has emerged as Egypt's most popular political figure and a nationalist icon, with supporters viewing him as a tough leader who can restore stability after three years of unrest following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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