Presidential elections will be held in Egypt between 26 and 28 March 2018, though Egyptians abroad will vote from 16 March until 18 March 2018. On 19 January, incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi formally announced he would run for a second and final term. A runoff, if necessary, will take place 19 April to 21 April outside the country and 24 April to 26 April within the country.
Hossam ElShazly, the Secretary-General of the Egyptian Change Council, an advocate of the liberal democratic vision, and the Political and Economic Advisor officially announced his intention to run for the Presidential race on January 21, 2018 via a formal recorded video which was published on his official campaign page on the Facebook and was published in all the related newspapers throughout Egypt.
ElShazly withdrew on 28 January 2018 after the arrest of another candidate; Sami Anan, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and Khalid Ali, a human rights lawyer, and as a direct result of the suppression environment generated by the military ruling regime in Egypt. ElShazly supporters faced difficulties in registering pledges for him as Sisi has exerted pressure on former presidential candidates so that they would not run against him. The current regime led by Sisi used its pro-governmental media against the campaign of ElShazly, falsely accused him of acting against the government and issued an official decree via a local court in Egypt to add him to the list which prevents ElShazly from participating in any forthcoming election in Egypt for the period of 5 years. The list of withdrawn candidates includes, Khaled Ali, a human rights lawyer, the former head of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights , Sami Hafez Anan, a former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, El-Sayyid el-Badawi, chairman of the New Wafd Party., Mortada Mansour, chairman of Zamalek Sporting Club, and Anwar Essmat Sadat, expelled MP.