Egypt’s el-Sissi gives first campaign TV interview

May 5, 2014 8:18 PM

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El-Sissi’s campaign for the May 26-27 election is likely to largely be made up of TV and media interviews and private meetings, with few street appearances, mainly because of security concerns, given the fierce emotions surrounding his candidacy and the wave of militant attacks on the military and police since his removal of Morsi last summer. In the interview aired Monday night on two private Egyptian TV channels, he said there have already been two assassination plots against him uncovered.

The lack of street campaigning is unlikely to damage the 59-year-old el-Sissi, who is widely seen as the certain victor in the race. His only opponent in the race is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, a third-place finisher in the 2012 election won by Morsi. Since removing Morsi, el-Sissi has been r...

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