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Mubarak for president of Egypt? Nostalgia may be on the upcoming Egyptian presidential ballot.

Egypt, (Qnnflash) – As Egypt’s 2024 presidential election approaches, there are mixed hopes among Egyptians for much-needed change, but many also realize the slim chances of a rival contender defeating President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is expected to seek re-election for a third term. The country has faced economic challenges due to austerity measures, and ongoing security crackdowns and restrictions on freedom of expression have fueled public discontent. Critics have pointed out the 2018 presidential election as a “sham” with limited opposition, raising doubts about the upcoming election’s fairness.

The Egyptian government and pro-state media appear to discourage potential challengers to Sisi, including Gamal Mubarak, son of former ousted president Hosni Mubarak. While Gamal’s potential candidacy garners support from some Egyptians who are disillusioned with the current regime, the authorities have shown resistance to a civilian leader and would likely make efforts to prevent such a challenge.

The social media campaign supporting Gamal’s candidacy has caught the attention of Sisi’s supporters, leading to concerns and legal complaints to prevent members of the Mubarak family from running for high-level state positions. As the election date nears, it remains uncertain whether Gamal will heed the calls to run, and observers are keen to see how the situation unfolds in the coming months.

Shahira Amin, an independent journalist based in Cairo, highlights the various factors and complexities surrounding the upcoming presidential election in Egypt.

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