Hope for strongman fuels Egypt’s el-Sissi campaign

May 22, 2014 6:29 PM

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The campaign for next week’s presidential election looks a lot like Egypt 2005. That was last presidential election under Hosni Mubarak, when the longtime autocrat agreed for the first time to allow candidates to run against him. After a campaign in which his opponents’ faces were rarely seen in the streets or media, Mubarak swept with an official 88 percent of the vote.

Like Mubarak then, retired Field Marshal el-Sissi is a certain winner, though few think the vote will be plagued with fraud allegations like the 2005 one.

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