Egypt sets election for March, with outcome all but certain

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, center, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Monday. The commission announced Monday that the presidential election is to be held March 26-28, with the runoff in April. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO — Egypt will hold its presidential election over three days in March, officials said Monday, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.