Ex-army fig­ure to chal­lenge Sissi in Egyp­tian elec­tion:

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A for­mer Egyp­tian army chief of staff will con­test the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in March, a top aide said, as other can­di­dates have faced heavy pres­sure to drop out and pave the way for a sweep­ing re­elec­tion vic­tory for Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fatah al-Sissi. Ragab He­lal Hemida, head of the poli­cies com­mit­tee in the Egypt Ara­bism Demo­cratic Party, said that Lt. Gen. Sami Anan has ac­cepted his party’s nom­i­na­tion. Vot­ing is sched­uled to take place March 26-28. Hemida said that Sissi’s pop­u­lar­ity has taken a blow af­ter painful aus­ter­ity mea­sures saw a large sec­tor of Egyp­tians fall into poverty or hard­ship. He added that un­der Sissi, Egypt’s hu­man rights record has sharply de­te­ri­o­rated.

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