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Egypt to hold presidential elections in May

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces moves up the date of the presidential election after criticism from protesters.

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An Egyptian woman chooses her candidates in a voting booth at a polling station in Cairo's Zamalek neighbourhood on January 29, 2012 during the first stage of voting for Egypt's upper house of parliament, the Shura Council. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Egypt will vote for a new president in May, the state-owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Wednesday. 

"Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Local Development Mohammed Attiya told Al-Ahram that presidential elections would take place at the end of May but that the elections committee would set the date," Al-Ahram wrote.

Al Jazeera reported that candidates for president must declare by March 10, and then campaigning will last for 45 days.

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