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Egyptian opposition calls for election boycott

January 29, 2018 at 4:33 am

Mohamed Anwar Sadat, nephew of late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat

Egyptian opposition figures, including former presidential candidates called for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election scheduled in March, Anadolu reports.

The 2012 presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, and former candidate for the 2018 election, Mohammed Anwar Sadat, made a joint statement Sunday, saying the election had “lost all credibility.”

“We urge our glorious people to boycott the vote and not to recognize whatever the result it would produce,” said the statement.

Hazem Hosny and Hisham Genena, top  campaign aides of Gen. Sami Anan, former Egyptian army chief-of-staff and would-be presidential candidate, also signed the statement, according to the local media.

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Egypt’s presidential elections are scheduled to take place March 26 to 28.

A former army general, al-Sisi came to power in 2014.

He played a leading role in Egypt’s 2013 military coup, which saw the ouster and imprisonment of the country’s first freely elected leader, Mohamed Morsi.