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Campaigning ends in Egypt's presidential race

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 01:25

May 23 - The final day of Egypt's presidential campaign trail comes to an end. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Supporters of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are out on the streets Friday in the final day of Egypt's presidential campaign, ahead of next week's vote. Sisi enjoys backing from Egyptians worn down by political unrest since the uprising in 2011. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SISI SUPPORTER, MONA EID, SAYING: "He must be president because he is the only one who can protect our country outside and inside and everywhere. He is the one who can protect Egypt - there is no one but him. He is Sisi." The former army chief faces Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist defeated by Mohamed Mursi in the 2012 election. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SABAHI SUPPORTERS, ZIZO ABDOU, SAYING: "I think if there were real elections the stronger voice would be for Hamdeen Sabahi and he would overtake Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. However, in the current circumstances, we see that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will arrive through false means." The latest opinion polls show just over half of Egyptians approve of the former army chief. The Washington-based Pew Research Center poll also found that 43 percent opposed the army's overthrow of Mursi last july, a move for which the military claimed national backing.

Campaigning ends in Egypt's presidential race

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 01:25

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