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February 24, 2014 10:32 am

Egypt Government Resigns, Path Cleared for El-Sisi Presidency Bid

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General el-Sisi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Wikipedia.

Reuters – Egypt’s government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.

After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and subsequent crackdown on Islamists and liberals with hundreds killed and thousands jailed, critics say Cairo’s military-backed authorities are turning the clock back to the era of autocrat Hosni Mubarak era, when the political elite ruled with an iron fist in alliance with top businessmen.

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