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Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Officially a Two Candidate, "Nasser vs. Nasser" Race

Over the weekend, Egypt's recently declared third Presidential candidate, Mortada Mansour; withdrew from the race, saying God had revealed to him that Field Marshal Sisi is going to win.

That means that, as I noted last week, it's a two-candidate race in which the motto might be "Vote for the Nasser of your choice". Sisi, widely praised as the New Nasser, will be running against Hamdeen Sabahi, who actually defines himself as a Nasserist.

The filing period is now past, so may the best Nasser win. Those of us who remember the original Nasser aren't so sure.

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