The National Elections Authority in Egypt announced on Monday that presidential elections will be held next December.

The head of the commission, Walid Hamza, said in a press conference that the presidential elections will be held over a period of 3 days from December 10 to 12, nearly 4 months before the end of the current term of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in early April.

Nominations for the elections will be open from October 5 until October 14.

Expectations are in favor of Sisi, 68, to run for a third term, according to an amendment to the constitution in 2019 that included extending the presidential term from 4 years to 6 years, which opens the way for him to remain in office until at least 2030.

The country is going through an economic crisis that includes record-high inflation and a significant shortage of foreign currency.