Egypt’s presidential election will take place on 26-28 March with a runoff to be held from April 24-26.

So far, two candidates have stated their intentions to run: Khaled Ali, a human rights lawyer and opposition leader, and Essam Heggy, an Egyptian space scientist who served as the country’s adviser for scientific affairs from 2013 to 2014.

 Current President and strongman, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has not yet confirmed whether he will run for a second and final term – in accordance with the country’s constitution – but he is widely expected to.

As Egypt’s army chief, Sisi became president in 2013 after removing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in a coup.

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Under Sisi, human rights in Egypt have deteriorated, with organisations reporting at least 60,000 people have been imprisoned since the general came to power.

There have also been reports of forced disappearances and a clampdown on press freedom.