Egypt elections: Unknown Sisi supporter to stand against Sisi

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Not many people can have heard the name of Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa, before. But now Mousa, a supporter of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Egyptian presidential elections – just minutes before the close of nominations on Monday.
With every other candidate either bullied out of standing or arrested, Sisi (pictured) will now face “opposition” from Mousa at the ballot box, despite the new candidate having previously campaigned for Sisi, in what is likely to be an attempt to add legitimacy to the vote.
Mousa said that he got the constitutional prerequisites for running in the presidential race as after gathering 47,000 signatures from the public and endorsements from 26 members of parliament.
Former army chief of staff Sami Anan was the most feared challenger to Sisi, but is now in military prison accused of violating military law by nominating himself for presidency.
His running mate for vice-president, Hesham Genena, was badly beaten several days ago.
Ahmad Konsowa, an Egyptian army officer, was sentenced to six years in prison after nominating himself for presidency.
Khaled Ali, a leftist lawyer who was considered the only representative of supporters of the 25 January revolution, also withdrew his bid, saying that the election was not serious. His campaigners have said that they fear for their safety.
And former prime minister Ahmad Shafiq was reportedly deported from the UAE when he announced his intention to enter the race. He was held incommunicado before announcing his withdrawal.
H. A. Helly, from the Royal United Services Institute for Security Studies, said, “There are no serious challengers on the ballot to the sitting president – something that different parts of the state apparatus is unlikely to be very pleased about.”
She added, “In this context, there is no contest – and that’s probably more down to a series of ad hoc, reactionary moves by different parts of the state, rather than a well thought out strategy.”
Pro-government parties, such as the nationalist-liberal Al-Wafd party’s head, Al Sayyid al-Baddawi, refused to enter the race and chose to endorse Sisi.
The spokesman for the Sisi campaign, Dr Mohamed Bahaa Abo Shokka, raised a question about the nomination of Mousa Mostafa Mousa, who had been collecting signatures for Sisi. “Should I justify for those inside or outside Egypt why there are no other candidates? The candidate is not responsible for politicians refraining to take an active part in political life,” he said.

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