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Khaled Ali says he won't stand in presidential election

Leftist human rights activist describes the upcoming presidential election as a farce and calls on the army to stay out of politics

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Mar 2014
Egyptian presidential candidate Khaled Ali
Egyptian presidential candidate Khaled Ali talks during a news conference at his office in Cairo May 21, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Leftist activist Khaled Ali has said he will not stand in the upcoming presidential election.

"I refuse to participate in this farce called an election," Khaled Ali announced at a press conference at the journalists syndicate on Sunday.

Ali, who stood for president in 2012, said there would only be real presidential candidates if the election law is amended, the protest law is cancelled and jailed activists are released.

The army should not get involved in politics, he noted.

"I am not against the army but if its commander wants to be a candidate he should first resign his position and spend two years in politics as a civilian," Ali said.

Army chief Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to announce his candidacy soon.

Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi is the only person to state he will stand for president. But the candidate registration process is yet to begin.

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