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Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat Will Not Run for Presidency, Slams Egypt’s Presidential Elections

January 15, 2018

The Leader of the Reform and Development Party Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat announced on Monday that he will not run for the upcoming 2018 presidential elections for the absence of a clear guarantee for the integrity and impartiality of the competition. “It seems that all of this was not enough and would not be effective without faith and conviction in democracy and the idea of peaceful transition of power and that a president will not stay in power forever,” according to the party. The statement added the attacks, by various media outlets, on serious candidates who announced intentions to run for president. “Other campaigns led by government officials started collecting signatures from government employees in ministries and other government institutions, asking President Sisi to run for another term before opening the door for the nomination process, which is a big violation,” the statement added. “The general atmosphere become non-conductive of the possibility of honest competition. Furthermore, it became evident that some members of the campaign could pay the price if elections are held under the emergency law and restriction of the right to demonstrate & peaceful assembly.” Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hasn’t officially announced…


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