The Egyptian President Remains the Only Candidate in the Upcoming Elections

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The Egyptian President Remains the Only Candidate in the Upcoming Elections

Human rights lawyer Khaled Ali said Wednesday that he is quitting the race to become Egypt's president, citing reasons including the arrest of some of his election campaign activists and a tight timetable.

The video accused Anan of announcing his intention to run in the election "without getting the approval of the armed forces or following the required procedures to end his service in the military".

"There is a deliberate intention to poison the presidential electoral process", he revealed.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fatah as Sissi is the only candidate registered for the upcoming presidential election, DPA reported.

The moves appear to show that the vote on 26-28 March is being reduced to little more than a one-candidate referendum.

Last September, Ali had received a suspended three-month jail term over an obscene hand gesture he reportedly made after winning a court order challenging the government. After a 10-day candidate registration period starting on Saturday, the candidates will embark on their campaigns on February 24.

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The last challenger seen as a potential threat to the re-election of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was detained on Tuesday, and halted his campaign after the army accused him of breaking the law by running for office without permission.

Following the accusations made by the army, Anan was summoned by the military prosecutor and since then his family and lawyers have had no news of his whereabouts, Hosny said.

It also said Anan's announcement on Saturday "constitutes direct incitement against the armed forces with the intent of causing a rift between it and the great Egyptian people".

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Veteran air forces commander and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who fled Egypt after narrowly losing to Morsi in the 2012 elections, announced earlier in January his withdrawal from the presidential race after coming back to Egypt from the United Arab Emirates, where he spent the past five years.

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