Egyptian president meets with campaign workers

2018-03-26 20:30
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) arriving to sign his name in the voting registry before casting his vote on the first day of the 2018 presidential elections at a polling station in the capital Cairo.( File, AFP)

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) arriving to sign his name in the voting registry before casting his vote on the first day of the 2018 presidential elections at a polling station in the capital Cairo.( File, AFP)

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has met with his campaign workers after casting his ballot in an election he is virtually guaranteed to win.

Al-Sisi's only challenger is a little-known politician who joined the race at the last minute to spare the government the embarrassment of a one-candidate election after a string of serious hopefuls were forced out of the running or arrested.

The meeting on Monday, detailed by al-Sisi's office, was the president's first publicised meeting with his campaign leaders. Al-Sisi has not done any traditional campaigning in the run-up to Monday's voting, which will continue for another two days.

Al-Sisi led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, and the government has waged a wide-scale crackdown on dissent since then.

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