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Campaigns continue to compete for voters

Al-Sisi campaign promotes energy saving, Sabahy promises to release political prisoners


Egyptian leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi (C-L) gives a speech to his supporters in the Nile Delta City of Mansura some 120 km north of Cairo on May 15, 2014. Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win the May 26-27 election against his only rival, leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, amid calls for a strong leader who can restore stability following the ousting of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.  (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
Egyptian leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi (C-L) gives a speech to his supporters in the Nile Delta City of Mansura some 120 km north of Cairo on May 15, 2014. 
(AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

The campaigns for former minister of defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahy intensify, as election day in Egypt approaches.

The Al-Sisi campaign’s youth committee announced that it would spend its Saturday distributing 300,000 energy-saving light bulbs across Cairo and eight other of the country’s governorates. Neighbourhoods in Cairo in which distribution was set to take place included Al-Warraq, Al-Gamaleya, Sayeda Zeinab, Imbaba, and Al-Amireya.

The former military chief has suggested in his media appearances that energy-saving bulbs could play an important role in confronting the country’s ongoing energy crisis.

Sabahy, who campaigned in Alexandria on Friday, vowed to release political prisoners as his first decision as president. “I will not allow myself to be in power while the most honourable in Egypt are behind bars,” said the candidate, in reference to activists including Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma.

The Nasserist politician also addressed general expectations that his opponent would win the elections at the end of this month saying, “whoever says the result is a foregone conclusion is lying and misleading.”

“The Egyptian people will teach them a lesson on election day,” he added.

Sunday is the final day for Egyptians abroad to cast their ballots. Polls inside the country are scheduled to open on 26 and 27 May.

Sabahy finished in third place in 2012’s presidential elections. Al-Sisi, who stepped down as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces in March, was appointed minister of defence in August 2012.

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