- Jan 31: Sisi makes his strongest and angriest statements yet, talking about how he will not leave the ‘security of Egypt’ to just anyone and asked people to give him another carte blanche to restore security to the country against the ‘evil people’. He threatened those who are ‘thinking only’ of harming Egypt’s security and trying to ‘sit on this chair’, saying he will not allow it.
- Jan 30: Infamous lawyer Samir Sabri filed a lawsuit against the public figures who posted the online statement asking people to boycott the elections, claiming that they are inciting against the State.
- The National Elections Authority (NEA) released the preliminary list of applicants who have qualified for candidacy in the 2018 presidential election. The list features sitting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ghad al-Thawra Party leader Moussa Mostafa. [Mada Masr]
- The 25-30 parliamentary coalition which considers itself an opposition inside parliament issued a statement regarding the sham elections saying that it was a sorry state in the history of Egypt.
- Eight political parties decided to boycott the elections and called their campaign ‘Stay at home.’
- Jan 29: Candidate Ahmed El Fadali who just yesterday announced he would run against Sisi, has withdrawn.
- Dar El Iftaa [Council for Fatwas] says “Anyone who abstains from voting is a sinner.”
- Moosa Mostafa Moossa presented himself at the National Elections Authority 15 minutes before the Council closed its doors. His aides were shown running through the streets to reach the NEA. Later that day, Moosa gave a press conference in which he said he expected Sisi to win because he deserves it and that he himself was not running as a stooge. When asked by a journalist how he gathered 47 thousand forms in 24 hours, he responded with irritation that he had been working on it since Shafeeq withdrew from elections. The journalist asked him how come his name was not in any notary office, to which he expressed anger and irritation with no credible response.
A military appeals court upheld Armed Forces Colonel Ahmed Konsowa’s six-year sentence, which was issued in December when Konsowa was charged with expressing his political views as an active military officer, in violation of military regulations.[Read more here and on Mada Masr]
- Jan 28: Statement by Justice Geneina, Dr. Hazem Hosny, former parliamentarian and presidential candidate Mohamed Anwar Sadat, and former presidential candidate Abol Fottoh on obstructing the right of Egyptians to free presidential elections, demanding the disbanding of the National Elections Committee for accepting this obstruction contrary to the law and constitution.
In addition, Sadat, head of the Reform and Development Party, called on civil and political forces to march peacefully to the Itihadiya.
Update: Some of those who allegedly signed the statement denied that this was a statement issued in collaboration with each other but rather they signed it as a possible initiative.
Jan 28: a sudden new presidential candidate has surfaced. His name is Moosa Mostafa Moosa, and he had previously – and still does of course – support Sisi. He is head of the Al Ghad Party which supports Sisi after fighting with Ayman Nour. It should be noted that he has little over 24 hours to gather signatures to be eligible for elections – which the regime will surely provide him. Indeed, he will receive 20 endorsements from MPs to meet candidacy requirements, members of the Alliance to Support Egypt in Parliament tell Mada Masr. Ayman Nour, on his part, says Moosa has been indicted and imprisoned for a year before for fraud in Saudi Arabia and that he has no college graduate certificate. His Facebook page reveals his complete and total support of Sisi.
Read also Reuters coverage.
Jan 27: Justice Hisham Geneina, who had exposed the corruption of the regime last year when he was the Auditor General, and was removed by the Sisi regime, has been attacked in what is most likely a failed assassination attempt or kidnap. [read more here in a separate blog post] The ministry of interior naturally denied its involvement and said it was a road-rage accident.
- Another new candidate surfaced named Mahmoud Ramadan. He is apparently an author of several books on Egypt.
- A new candidate surfaces 48 hours before closing candidate acceptance. His name is Ahmed El Fadali, head of Al Salam Democratic Party [just one of the minor parties no one has ever heard of].
- Infamous Lawyer Mortada Mansour backtracks on presidential bid. Not that it was serious in the first place.
- Meanwhile an Egyptian newspaper writes a headline that Sisi is a man who fears only God.
- Jan 26: Egypt’s decrepit Wafd party has settled on fielding a candidate for president—a candidate who has endorsed Sisi for the job, namely El Sayed El Badawi. Today he is undergoing the required National Elections Authority (NEA)’s medical examination just hours before the NEA’s Friday deadline.
This last minute pressure to run for president is to ensure that Sisi does not run alone and to show the world that there are other candidates permitted to run too. If Sisi ran for president alone, he would need, by law, 5% of voters for him which is a mere 2.5 million people.
It should be noted that El Badawi has several law suits claiming fraud and corruption pending against him already. In addition, El Wafd Party has expressed its position before, saying that they supported Sisi, and now suddenly they put up a puppet runner to run against him.
Al Qabas newspaper published an article with the headline: “Searching for a presidential hopeful who will lose against Sisi.”
Social media had a field day making fun of El Badawi and the forced decision to run, even the Egyptian newspaper Al Mogaz wrote about it.
Because of El Badawi’s history of fraud and law suits, some lawyers wanted to file complaints with the National Elections Authority about the inelligibility of El Badawi. However the NEA issued a statement saying that no one may file a complaint against a candidate’s eligibility except the candidate running against him – and that would be Sisi of course.