Dates set for first round of Egypt's presidential election

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has gained cult-like adulation since he toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader last July. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt will hold the first round of its presidential election on May 26 and 27, the country's election committee has announced.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, is widely expected to win the election.