Egypt top policeman promises poll neutrality

Egypt's police apparatus will remain

Egypt's police apparatus will remain "neutral" during this month's presidential election, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Saturday.

CAIRO – Egypt's police apparatus will remain "neutral" during this month's presidential election, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Saturday.

"We'll be committed to total neutrality and non-intervention in the electoral process," Ibrahim said during a central security training celebration in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

He said policemen will only secure polling stations from outside as well as their vicinity, including roads leading to polling stations.

Egyptians will cast ballot in the country's presidential election on May 26-27, the first since last summer's ouster by the military of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led the army to unseat Morsi, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are vying for the highest post.

Expatriate Egyptians started to vote in the polls on Thursday and will continue to cast their ballot until Sunday.

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