🇪🇬 Inside Story - Is Egypt's Sisi scared of electoral competition?

It does not look like many - or should that be any challengers - are going to make it to polling day for the presidential election in Egypt. The vote in March will be the second since Abdel Fatteh el Sisi deposed President Mohammed Morsi five years ago.

Critics say the election's turning into a farce. A military leader seen as a leading contender to replace Sisi is out of the race. Sami Anan was arrested by soldiers on Tuesday.

Army commanders say the former army chief of staff broke the law by not getting permission to declare his candidacy. Another candidate out is Ahmed Shafiq.
The former Prime Minister and air force chief announced his challenge in November but withdrew earlier this month.

He said he had reconsidered and did not think he was the best person to run the country. The nephew of late President Anwar al-Sadat is also out - blaming what he called an environment of fear surrounding the election.

So, what choice will voters have?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Timothy Kaldas - The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Ahmed Badawi - Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Free University of Berlin.

Tawfik Hamid - Political analyst & author specialising in Egypt government's domestic policy.

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