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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Jan. 20, 2018 (Pool photo via AP by Khaled Desouki).

Egypt’s Allies Shrug as Sisi Ensures a Sham Presidential Election

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

As Egypt’s presidential election draws closer, the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has resolutely quashed any hope that it will allow even a hint of democratic legitimacy. Registration for the March election closed this week after authorities made sure every credible candidate was pushed out of the contest, either through arrest or intimidation. A token contender, whose party had already endorsed Sisi, was added at the last minute to avoid the embarrassment of a one-man race.

The spectacle has been thoroughly demoralizing not only for the opposition, but also for many of the Egyptians who welcomed Sisi nearly half a decade ago as a savior who could pull the country back from the increasingly illiberal policies of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government that was elected in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. ...

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