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EGYPT’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Sisi Gets Last Minute Challenger

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Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa has said on Monday that he would compete in presidential elections, hours before a nomination deadline was set to make President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi the sole candidate after withdrawals and a boycott call.

Several leading opposition figures called for a boycott on Sunday, of the March election, citing a wave of repression that has cleared the field of challengers to Sisi and left his top opponent in jail.

Former military commander Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after leading the army to oust Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

He is expected to easily win the vote, the third since protests in 2011 unseated long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Several opposition candidates who had earlier expressed interest in contesting for the presidency have since withdrawn their bids, citing intimidation from state agencies and an electoral process biased to favor the incumbent.

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