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Polarization increases in Egypt as election draws near

Efforts to launch President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's re-election bid are underway in Egypt amid fears that he will only face, by hook or by crook, a token opposition.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the opening of the 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt September 14, 2017 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY - RC1B6ECD4080

Politicians, celebrities and lawmakers will gather at a luxury Cairo hotel Oct. 16 to launch President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s re-election campaign. Abdel Nabi Abdel Sattar, an activist who is spearheading the “Continue Sisi” campaign, said, “It aims to gather 30,000 signatures for a petition urging Sisi to run for a second term in the 2018 presidential election.”

“We want him to continue his difficult mission of fighting terrorism and reviving the economy,” Abdel Sattar told the semi-official Al-Ahram newspaper.

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