Tuesday October 20, 2020

Battle for Egyptian presidency heats up

Fears are growing that the Muslim Brotherhood will make a power grab, as armed forces keep a close eye on events, writes David Lynch in Cairo.

7th April, 2012
Khairat El-Shater, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, leaves the gates of the election committee headquarters in Cairo last Thursday after registering his candidacy for the country's presidency. Photo: Getty

More than 900 people have applied to contest the first free presidential elections in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Outside the election commission office in Cairo, poor farmers in sandals and the traditional long *galabiyas* have stood in line alongside well-known suit-wearing politicians.

Last week, popular comedic singer Saad El-Sagheer, performer of such hits as I Love You Donkey, emerged from the office brandishing his official papers to file for the presidency. However, the fun and games abruptly ended...

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