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Egypt’s early presidential election campaign off to eventful start

Egyptians have been gripped by the dramatic start to their country’s unexpectedly early presidential election campaign.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s re-election – now for a six-year term – seems virtually guaranteed even as his government grapples with record inflation and massive debt.

Yet an outspoken critic, the left-wing politician and former MP Ahmed al-Tantawi, who hopes to be his main opponent, has put on a political campaign of a kind that Egypt has rarely seen in recent years.