Egypt's leftist activist and labor rights lawyer Khaled Ali speaks during a news conference in Cairo, March 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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A former Egyptian presidential candidate close to the country's youth movements said Sunday he would not take part in upcoming presidential elections, calling them a "farce" stacked in favor of Egypt's powerful military chief.Khaled Ali, an active labor rights campaigner during the time of Hosni Mubarak, said the expected April election favors only one candidate. Ali rose to prominence among mostly leftist youth group that spearheaded the campaign against Mubarak. However, he came in seventh in the 2012 election, garnering only 0.6 percent of the 23 million votes cast.It comes after el-Sissi led the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, in July.Shafiq himself was believed to have presidential aspirations, but had said earlier he would not run if el-Sissi was nominated.He also criticized the military's public support for el-Sissi, calling it unprofessional and saying it mires the armed forces in politics.
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