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Egypt's key anti-Mubarak group to boycott presidential poll

Published on May 14, 2014 11:11 PM
 
Members of the April 6 movement and liberal activists shout slogans against a law restricting demonstrations as well as the crackdown on activists, in front of El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo on April 26, 2014. A dissident movement which spearheaded president Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in 2011 announced on Wednesday a boycott of Egypt's presidential poll that it said would only serve to "enthrone" ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - A dissident movement which spearheaded president Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in 2011 announced on Wednesday a boycott of Egypt's presidential poll that it said would only serve to "enthrone" ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The April 6 movement was banned last month and its leader has been jailed, amid a crackdown by the military-installed regime on the opposition following the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

The secular-leaning group had backed the army's ouster of Morsi, but then turned on the new regime as it clamped down on dissent.

Sisi, the army chief who toppled Morsi, is expected to stroll to victory in the May 26-27 election against his only rival, Hamdeen Sabbahi, a leftist politician.

 
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