Egyptian cleric Sheik Youssef el-Qaradawi speaks to the crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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The influential Qatar-based Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi on Sunday called on Egyptians to boycott presidential elections and shun front-runner Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, saying the former army chief had "disobeyed God".The Egyptian-born cleric, who has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood and whose religious shows on Al Jazeera television were watched by millions, has been critical of Egypt's military-backed government, accusing Sisi of betrayal for ousting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year. Qaradawi's outspoken support for the Brotherhood has recently contributed to an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab allies who consider the Islamist group a security threat and supported Mursi's overthrow. Sisi is expected to easily win the May 26-27 presidential election.The Brotherhood accuses Sisi of staging a coup and masterminding the removal of Mursi, who was Egypt's first freely elected president.
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