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Washington not backing any Egyptian candidate

Published on Mar 28, 2014 6:07 AM
A woman kisses a poster of Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as people celebrate after Mr Sisi declared his candidacy for a presidential election, at Tahrir Square in Cairo on March 26, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States vowed on Thursday, March 27, 2014, it was not backing any particular candidate in upcoming Egyptian elections, with Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi strongly favoured to win.

Mr Sisi's candidacy is being hailed by the millions of Egyptians weary of more than three years of turmoil since the overthrow of veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

But experts warn he is certain to continue the crackdown on Islamists that started when he overthrew elected president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Washington has long held an official position of non-interference in its Arab ally's political process.

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