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Egyptian leftist submits bid for presidency, likely to be only rival of former army chief

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:54 PM
 
Egyptian leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi arrives to submit the documents required to run in next month's presidential election to the High Presidential Elections Committee, on April 19, 2014, in Cairo. Mr Sabbahi on Saturday submitted the documents required to run in next month's presidential election, in which he is likely to be the only rival to former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi on Saturday submitted the documents required to run in next month's presidential election, in which he is likely to be the only rival to former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mr Sabbahi is currently General Sisi's sole challenger after lawyer Mortada Mansour announced he was withdrawing his candidacy, although there is another day before the expected end of the registration period.

Gen Sisi, who is riding a wave of popularity after ousting Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July amid massive street protests, is widely expected to win the May 26 to 27 election.

"With God's will, we will wage a great and victorious battle," Mr Sabbahi told supporters after submitting his candidacy to the electoral commission.

 
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