Leftist candidate enters race for Egyptian presidency

The presidential election in Egypt is coming up, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi has thrown his hat into the ring. The election, which is scheduled for May 26-27, will pit Sabahi against former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The candidates

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

-former army chief

-led military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi in July after mass protests against his rule

-widely expected to win election

-facilitated brutal crackdown on pro-Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood protests

-strikingly similar to former president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted for his harsh autocratic rule

-received at least 200,000 signatures on his campaign documents

Hamdeem Sabahi

 

Hamdeen Sabahi

-leftist politician

-former member of parliament

-leader of Popular Current political alliance, created after 2012 presidential elections

-came in third place in 2012 election that Morsi won

-received 31,300 signatures on his campaign documents

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Mortada Mansour

-announced yesterday his decision to drop out of the race

-declared candidacy less than a week ago

-said he received a sign from God that Sisi would win the election

-a controversial lawyer who hosted his own program on Egyptian TV, on which he criticized figures from the 2011 revolution against Mubarak

Support for the candidates

Egypt’s liberal Constitution Party, one of the country’s main liberal parties, has endorsed Sabahi. The Karama Party is also supporting Sabahi. Both the Karama and Constitution parties were  co-founded by Sabahi. The Tamarod Movement, a group of youth who organized the anti-Morsi demonstrations, has officially thrown its support behind Sisi, but some members have split off to back Sabahi.

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