Author(s): François LaRochelle
Next month, between March 26 and 28, Egyptians vote for a new president. The results, however, are already known.
The only real candidate, incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will succeed himself. The head of a small party, Mousa Moustapha Mousa, is also on the ballot, though critics see him as a “dummy candidate, standing only to give the impression of a full democratic contest,” as Reuters and others have reported. His party has in fact endorsed Sisi.
All other potential adversaries have decided not to run. One, Sami Annan, a former chief of staff of the military, was arrested and charged with incitement against the armed forces. Another, former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, disappeared on arrival at Cairo’s airport after being expelled from the UAE, where he lived, and then later announced he was withdrawing his candidacy.
The most recent withdrawal was that of Khaled Ali, a leftist lawyer who ran for president in 2012 and whose profile has risen since he led a protest movement against Sisi in 2016….
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