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The Takeaway: Will Biden push Sisi to free Alaa Abdel-Fattah?

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Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah gives an interview at his home in Cairo on May 17, 2019.

When President Joe Biden meets with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Friday, Egypt’s most famous political prisoner will be on the 223rd day of a hunger strike to protest his years-long detention. 

The family of 40-year-old British-Egyptian activist and computer programmer Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who stopped drinking water entirely on Sunday, wants Biden to personally resolve his case with Sisi — before it’s too late. 

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