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Who dares run against Sisi in Egypt’s presidential election?

The regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is using the judiciary to block any credible rival from running in the 2018 presidential election.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RC1D1DC6D000
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CAIRO — An unknown fate awaits political figures who consider running in Egypt's presidential election next year. So far, the three main potential candidates have all had run-ins with the courts soon after announcing their intentions.

An old case reopened or a new charge filed are among the means being used to prevent challengers to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from emerging. Anyone wanting to run in the election must apparently first face the courts.

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