Egypt has sentenced 21 people to death on charges of involvement in terror activities as the North African country presses ahead with a campaign to contain an insurgency linked to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Egyptian forces have arrested a former presidential candidate who has called for a boycott of the upcoming presidential elections as Cairo speeds up its repression campaign against those challenging President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s reelection bid.
Visiting Cairo, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for ‘free and fair’ elections in Egypt, avoiding even mild criticism of the upcoming presidential election in the North African state, which is widely seen as a charade to reinstall military-backed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for another four years.
A political coalition including several high-profile Egyptians sharply criticized President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a speech in which he warned off anyone seeking to challenge his rule, amid growing calls for a boycott of presidential elections.
Politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa became just the second candidate eligible to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential election on Monday, just before a deadline was set to make President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the sole contender after withdrawals and a boycott call.