Author(s): Hossam Bahgat
The revelation that the state had a hand in creating this list did not come as a surprise to many. In the months leading up to the elections, the media had hinted and then explicitly accused unnamed “sovereign” state agencies of interfering in politics, and seeking to shape the first parliament in Sisi’s tenure by throwing their weight behind certain candidates. But the bombshell testimony from one of the people involved in the creation of the FLE was the first public confirmation of the direct role played by the president’s office and General Intelligence — a role that went beyond simply backing selected candidates to build a state-sponsored electoral list….
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