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Egypt election: polls open amid concerns over voter apathy

With Abdel Fatah al-Sisi assured of re-election, the campaign has focused on boosting turnout

Egyptians are going to the polls on Monday in an election that is almost certain to result in victory for the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, after all credible opponents were prevented from getting on the ballot.

The country’s 60 million eligible voters have a choice between the incumbent and a little-known candidate who has previously expressed support for Sisi.

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The Guardian view on elections in Egypt: two candidates, no real choice | Editorial

There is little doubt as to the outcome of the presidential race. But how long does Sisi plan to stay in charge?

On Monday the polls will open in Egypt so that voters can elect their president. The results are not in doubt: barring some truly staggering development, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will begin his second term. That too should have a certain outcome, ending in his departure from office under the constitution’s two-term limit. Will it?

This is a meaningful election in the same way that the 2013 power seizure that brought Mr Sisi to the top was not a coup. The truth is obvious; the question is whether it is more convenient for some to ignore it. As in the 2014 election, he faces a single opponent – in the loosest sense. Mousa Mostafa Mousa, a vocal supporter of Mr Sisi until his abrupt decision to stand, told one interviewer that he was “not here to challenge the president”. Most assume, despite his denials, that he is running solely to lend a veneer of credibility to events. Five other candidates have been jailed or otherwise taken out of contention. Rights organisations have denounced the contest as farcical, warning that Egypt is in the grips of the worst human rights crisis in decades. Mr Sisi’s recent claim that he wished he faced more challengers suggests only a hitherto undiscovered sense of humour. But there is nothing funny about the ruthless crushing of dissent since the army overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi (now in jail), and massacred hundreds of his supporters.

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Nearly half of US arms exports go to the Middle East

Saudi Arabia is world’s second biggest importer, with global US sales up by 25% in past five years

Nearly half of US arms exports over the past five years have gone to the war-stricken Middle East, with Saudi Arabia consolidating its place as the world’s second biggest importer, a report has shown.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that global transfer of major weapons systems between 2013 and 2017 rose by 10% compared with the five-year period before that, in a continuation of an upward trend that began two decades ago.

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British MPs ask Egypt for access to jailed ex-president over health concerns

Politicians petition Egypt to let them see Mohamed Morsi, amid concerns his health has deteriorated

A cross-party group of senior British MPs has petitioned the Egyptian government to allow access to the jailed former president Mohamed Morsi, amid reports that his health has seriously deteriorated.

Morsi is being held in isolation in Tora prison and his family have been allowed to visit him only twice since he was imprisoned after a military coup in 2013.

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Thousands of Gazans rush to border as Egypt opens crossing

Scores, many sick, wait for their names to be called out as Rafah crossing point is opened for four days for humanitarian cases

Egypt opened its border with Gaza on Wednesday, providing rare passage for thousands stuck in the coastal enclave who have lived under blockade for more than a decade.

Thousands of Palestinians – some sitting since dawn next to suitcases packed in the hope that Egypt will allow them in – gathered at a stadium before being sorted on to buses. They raised their identification papers as their names were called out from a list.

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Egypt bans SNL Arabia over 'sexual phrases and insinuations'

Latest season of satirical show with same format as US Saturday Night Live had just ended

Egypt has banned broadcasts of a homegrown version of the US satirical television show Saturday Night Live for using “sexual expressions that are inappropriate for viewers”.

Egypt’s supreme council for media regulation issued the decision late on Sunday, a day after the latest season ended.

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Egypt launches massive operation targeting Islamic militants in Sinai

Abdel Fattah al-Sissi orders military to ‘clear Egpyt’s territory of terrorist element’

Egypt has launched a massive offensive against Islamic militants in the Sinai peninsula, seeking to end a bloody conflict that has killed hundreds of civilians and soldiers in recent years.

A military spokesman said the operation would cover large parts of Sinai plus parts of the Nile delta and the western desert, where other militants have waged attacks.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former general, ordered the military to defeat militants in north Sinai within three months after an attack on a mosque in November killed 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world’s most populous country.

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US will back two-state solution if both sides agree – Mike Pence

US vice-president, visiting Egypt, tries to reassure key Arab ally over Israeli-Palestinian impasse

US vice-president Mike Pence has told Egypt’s leader that the US would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence was in Egypt on Saturday on the first leg of a three-country tour that includes stops in Jordan and Israel.

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Tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A South African was killed and 12 other people injured when their balloon ‘landed too forcefully’ near the ancient city of Luxor

A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said.

Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, said there were no other fatalities but did not elaborate on the extent of the passengers’ injuries. The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

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