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Sisi vs Sisi: Egypt's 2018 presidential elections

Date of publication: 28 February, 2018

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Special coverage: The latest news and analysis from Egypt's controversial 2018 presidential elections.
Egypt's 2011 uprising overthrew long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, bringing hopes of political freedoms, social justice and a popular stake in Egypt's economic resources.

Seven years later, however, the prospects for a transition to democracy seem bleaker than ever.

The first democratically elected leader of the country, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown in a 2013 military coup by then army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who a year later was elected president in a landslide victory which saw him secure 96 percent of the vote.

Since the military coup, Egyptian authorities have launched a bloody and far-reaching crackdown on dissent, detaining thousands of political opponents and suppressing civil society and the media.

Egypt will hold presidential elections on 26-28 March, but under Sisi's rule, the vote will be far from fair or free.

Political challengers who posed a threat have been detained or shackled with unsubstantiated charges, undermining the basic requirements for a democratic election.

Sisi only has one token "opponent" in the vote - a fervent supporter who even had Sisi's portrait as his Facebook cover photo. This campaign is a one-horse race.

The New Arab has covered every twist and turn in the unfolding election saga, combining the latest breaking news with insightful political commentary.

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