Marshal Abdelfatá Al-Sisi has convened presidential elections in Egypt for next 26th, 27th and 28th March. Al-Sisi, who came to power after committing a coup d'etat in July 2013, is presented to his second — and ultimately — election after beating in elections of 2014 in a process plagued by irregularities. The elections that are going to be held now do not have slightest semblance of equal conditions for contenders.Previous Editorials
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To furr pave way to Al Sisi, former prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq announced on Sunday his decision not to attend contest. Shafiq was considered a candidate if not with chances of victory — something completely discarded by government-organized electoral framework — Yes at least with a major popular tug that would allow campaign to heat up to last moment and, Eventually, to serve as an argument for protests after count. In early December, when Shafiq announced his candidacy, he was subject of an abrupt deportation from United Arab Emirates and he was missing 24 hours after his arrival in Cairo while official press accused him of links with Muslim Brorhood . Finally candidate reappeared, but has remained in Liza just a month.
In any case, Shafiq will no longer be a problem and Sisi — who has renewed for three months state of emergency in country — would go to polls without any relevant rivals. It has also decreed that polling schools remain open for three days. The exmilitarist needs to peremptorily a minimum electoral support to Esgrimirlo and legitimize his mandate. In 2014, expanding on march voting period, barely managed to exceed 40% of participation. A good indication of real opinion about elections that coup marshal calls.
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