Sisi’s policies have raised questions over whether he actually believes in universal democratic principles and freedoms.
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Egypt's president has finally announced he will run for a second, four-year term in elections in March, expertly choosing to break the news and do some not-too-subtle vote-canvassing on live television before an adoring audience of government members, hardcore supporters and powerful media figures.A general-turned-president with authoritarian practices, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's announcement confirmed what was long-expected and paved the way for his virtually certain triumph in the March 26-28 vote.A comfortable win for Sisi is all but certain given that no serious threat to his re-election is likely to come from any of the presidential hopefuls announced so far, Annan included. Moreover, Sisi has the vast resources of the state, including its media, at his disposal to promote himself and speak directly to voters. As defense minister, Sisi led the military's 2013 ouster of Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammad Morsi, whose one-year rule proved divisive.Sisi appointed two more women to the Cabinet earlier this month, raising to an all-time high of six the number of women in his government.
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