El-Sisi’s Backers Say 12 Million Want the Current President to Run for Second Term

A campaign backing Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday that it collected over 12 million signatures of Egyptians supporting him to run for a second term in the 2018 presidential elections.

“The campaign collected 12,132,640 valid signatures on an application that supports the candidacy of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for a new presidential term,” said the campaign, known as “عشان تبنيها (So You Can Build It),” in a press conference attended by some parliament members.

Worth noting that the campaign managed to gather 12 million signatures in the most populous Arab country only in a few months, as it started in September of this year and managed to establish 168 headquarters in 27 provinces nationwide.

El-Sisi, elected in 2014, has yet to formally announce his candidacy. He has said he will make his decision after gauging popular reaction to a “factsheet” of his achievements due to be publicized next month.

“President El-Sisi is keen to present to the Egyptian people the efforts he has undertaken during his presidential term, after which he will decide if he will run in the 2018 presidential elections,” the presidency spokesman Bassam Rady told Al-Ahram’s news website.

According to the constitution, the president of Egypt is elected using the two-round system. Election proceedings are to begin no later than 120 days before the end date of the current presidential term, which ends on the 7th of June 2018. Results are to be announced no later than 30 days before the end of the current presidential term.