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Vol 58 No 19

Published 22nd September 2017


Egypt

El Sisi marshals his allies

The President is calming the nerves of supporters in parliament who fear a new election is too risky

The approach of Egypt's presidential elections, which are scheduled for April 2018, revealed a split among supporters of President Abdel Fattah el Sisi in the House of Representatives, a chamber often described as the 'president's parliament'. Some of these supporters believe the problems facing Egypt are too many and too weighty for it to be wise to hold an election – even one which El Sisi would be sure to win.

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