Egypt’s main opposition to boycott 2024 presidential election


CAIRO – The main liberal opposition political movement in Egypt has said it won’t nominate a candidate in the presidential election due next year after one of its leaders was sentenced to six months in prison.

The Free Current coalition said that Hisham Kassem had been a potential presidential candidate.

He was found guilty of slander and verbally assaulting a police officer, reports the BBC.

His supporters say the charges were politically motivated.

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President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was expected to announce his standing for a third term but had yet to do so.

The only person to have announced his candidacy so far, Ahmed al-Tantawi, has said his team has faced increasing harassment by the security forces.

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