Egyptians have been asked to boycott the upcoming presidential election, in which there will be only one contender.
Egyptians have been asked to boycott the upcoming presidential election, According to the report, five public figures, including two former presidential hopefuls, yesterday called for voters to boycott the March presidential poll after the withdrawal of all candidates but the incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sisi, who has been in power since 2014, appears set to run unopposed after all other presidential hopefuls were either jailed or announced they would not take part in the March election.
In Cairo itself, the Egypt Independent reports that the former chief-of-staff of the Egyptian army Sami Anan is being held in a military prison, five days after the presidential hopeful was arrested.
[box] FILE – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt. Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)[/box]
Anan’s presidential campaign team announced his arrest shortly after a statement from the Egyptian Armed Forces accused him of forging documents he submitted to the National Elections Authority in support of his candidacy in the presidential elections scheduled for March.
First Published by rfi