Last Challenger to Egypt's Sissi Withdraws from Presidential Race
Last Challenger to Egypt's Sissi Withdraws from Presidential Race
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25 January, 2018, 17:37
Supporters of General Sami Anan said he was held today after being summoned to Cairo for questioning over his political ambitions.
On Tuesday, the army arrested presidential contender Sami Anan, former head of the Egyptian armed forces.
The Military Prosecution later issued a statement banning media coverage of its investigation into Anan.
"This goes far beyond these charges", said Mostafa Elshall, the director of Anan's office and a close friend, suggesting the measures were meant to deter Anan's presidential bid. When the lawyer asked where Anan was being detained one of the interrogators said he was on his way home, but the family confirmed that he was not there.
Unless others sign up as candidates in the next five days, the only one in the running will be Sisi.
"We urge the authorities in Egypt to ensure that the election campaign is conducted in a credible, inclusive, peaceful and participatory manner in full compliance with the existing law", Dujarric said.
Mr. Ali, the lawyer, became a thorn in Mr. Sisi's side past year after he won a court challenge that nullified Mr. Sisi's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. "He is viewed as the military figure who saved Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood, and Anan as a military leader accused of assisting their rise to power".
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Former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq said on January 7 that he would not stand, reversing a pledge he made from the United Arab Emirates in November. But he is embroiled in a legal case that could disqualify him.
He also said there was "stubbornness by the electoral commission and many violations".
El-Sissi, who submitted his formal candidacy documents earlier Wednesday, was always considered virtually certain to win a second, four-year term no matter who ran against him.
A billboard supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the presidential election scheduled for March hangs in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.
Annan had served as a member of the powerful Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that ran Egypt immediately after the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and then again after the military-backed popular revolt that pushed Islamist Mohamed Mursi from power in 2013.
The security forces, meantime, are confronting an Isis (Islamic State) affiliate, based in the North Sinai province, that has steadily killed police and soldiers and staged numerous attacks on civilians throughout the country.
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