Egypt – The Egyptian elections are only a six weeks away, and here is what you need to know.
Current incumbent president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has had strong opposition during his tenure as president. The presidential elections are due to be held during the 26-28th of March. Al- Sisi leadership has been viewed as a dictatorship as the president has given a stern warning to anyone challenging his rule. “Be warned. What happened seven or eight years ago, will not happen again in Egypt,” Sisi said, as he was referencing the Arab uprisings in 2011 and years of instability that followed.
Under Al-Sisi government, has cracked down of opposition leaders, as over 100 oppositional leaders have been arrested, attacked and imitated to dropped out. This has led for oppositional leaders call for a boycott for the March elections. The last standing challenger right-wing politician Mortada Mansour rescinded his candidacy, a rush to find a challenger to Al-Sisi, that challenger Moussa Mostafa Moussa who found enough endorsements to legitimately run against Al-Sisi as well as 46 000 signatures from the public. Moussa Mostafa had previously endorsed Sisi but insists that his candidacy is legitimate.
Sisi is widely expected to win the presidential election, going in for a second term.
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Egypt election: Al-Sisi one of two remaining candidates https://t.co/tLNiZQYA55
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 2, 2018