Egyptian Presidential Challenger Withdraws Monitors

May 28, 2014 3:07 PM

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Egyptian Presidential Challenger Withdraws Monitors

CAIRO — The lone challenger in Egypt’s presidential election withdrew all his monitors from the polls early Wednesday, complaining that many were arrested or assaulted by the police for attempting to keep an eye on the ballots.

Then, after two days of growing alarm about the conspicuous absence of voters, the flagship state newspaper abruptly shifted to reporting “heavy turnout” in its banner headline even as private newspapers continued to report the opposite. “The state searches for a vote,” declared Al Masry Al Youm. “T...

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