Egyptian anti-riot police clash with protesters demonstrating against then President Mohammad Morsi in Cairo's landmark Tahrir square on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/AHMED MAHMOUD
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As banners supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's bid for a second term fill Cairo's streets, some who participated in the 2011 democratic uprising said they will boycott this month's "predetermined" elections.Sisi, as defense minister, led the July 2013 ouster of former Islamist President Mohammad Morsi following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule.Now, Sisi is seeking another term in the March 26-28 elections, running against Moussa Mostafa Moussa, a candidate who had previously expressed support for the incumbent. Over 18 days, mostly young Egyptians overcame thousands of security forces, capturing Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo.There, they camped day and night until Mubarak, who had been in power for nearly 30 years, left office. After the military's year in power, Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood group, became Egypt's first democratically elected civilian president in 2012 .For Sami, the forthcoming election has little meaning.
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