Egypt deploys 182,000 troops to secure elections

Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected the presidential vote

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The Egyptian army will deploy about 182,000 soldiers to aid police officers in securing the country’s upcoming presidential elections, set to take place next Monday and Tuesday, the army spokesperson said Thursday

“The Egyptian Armed Forces has taken all the measures and made all the arrangements and procedures to assist the Ministry of Interior in securing the presidential elections,” Colonel Ahmad Ali, spokesperson of the Egyptian army, said in a statement released on his official Facebook page.


The army will coordinate with the Police Department and others, to secure the environment at electoral polls “using previous experience learned from former election rounds,” according to the colonel.

“An estimated 181,912 forces from the Armed Forces will be involved in securing the electoral process,” he added.

The army and other security forces are mainly securing the elections against protesters supporting former President Mohammad Mursi.

The Muslim Brotherhood-backed president was ousted last July through a military-backed coup.

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