Then leftist Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy (C) gestures before a rally in Banha, northwest of Cairo, in this May 7, 2014 photo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A prominent opponent of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt's fragmented pro-democracy opposition parties "failed" the country.Hamdeen Sabahy, like many other leftists and nationalists, backed Sisi's 2013 overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the subsequent ban on the group.Sabahy became the only candidate to run against Sisi in the 2014 election but won only 3 percent of the vote. Sabahy told Reuters in an interview this week that Egypt's non-Islamist opposition needed to bury its differences and forge a new united force that could offer a democratic alternative to Sisi's government.Sabahy himself has lost credibility among both loyalist and opposition Egyptians since he ran against Sisi.
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