Egyptian leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi shakes hands with supporters in the Nile Delta City of Mansura some 120 km north of Cairo on May 15, 2014.AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi crisscrossed swathes of the Nile Delta in a boisterous election campaign, vowing to rebuild a politically turbulent Egypt as he addressed crowds of supporters in a city struck by a deadly bombing.Leftist leader Sabbahi, who came third in the 2012 presidential election that Islamist Mohammad Morsi won, is seen by his supporters as a serious challenger to former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who is tipped to win the May 26-27 poll easily.Sabbahi, a longtime opposition leader known for his criticisms of former Egyptian presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, is leaving no stone unturned in his campaign despite slim chances of winning against Sisi.In my presidency the state will serve the people and not the other way," he said as crowds shouted "You don't have to be a marshal to be big," in an apparent reference to retired field marshal Sisi.Before his address began, Sabbahi, a former parliamentarian, was thronged by crowds when his campaign entourage entered Mansoura after crisscrossing several towns and villages in the province of Dakhaliya in the Nile Delta.
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