A member of the Egyptian special forces stands guard in front of the National Election Authority, in Cairo on January 24, 2018. AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Human rights lawyer Khaled Ali said Wednesday that he is quitting the race to become Egypt's president, citing reasons including the arrest of some of his election campaign activists and a tight timetable.The majority of those hoping to challenge incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in the election have either ruled themselves out or been sentenced to prison in the past few weeks.Egyptian authorities were "hell-bent" on arresting and harassing anyone who stood against Sisi, Amnesty said.Earlier Wednesday, Sisi officially launched his bid for a second term in office.
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