Egypt’s interim president has issued a much anticipated decree that governs upcoming presidential election, clearing the way for the vote that many expect the country’s military chief to take part in and win.

Legal adviser Ali Awad said on Saturday on state television that interim president Adly Mansour issued the decree. The elections commission will set a date for the vote, expected to be in April.

Mr. Mansour decreed that the decisions of the elections commission be protected from legal challenges, a contentious issue on which two of Egypt’s top courts had staked opposing positions.

The law is passed after a transition plan laid out in July after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsy. Military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is widely expected to declare his candidacy soon, and, if he runs, is forecast to win.

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