Egypt's interim government has appointed a panel of legal experts to suggest changes to the constitution, paving the way for fresh elections. But supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi are continuing to protest, demanding his reinstatement.
Seventeen people have been sentenced to life for their involvement in deadly unrest when then-General el-Sissi announced his presidential bid. Now Egypt's president, he has warned against challenging his grasp on power.
An Egyptian court has fined former President Mohammed Morsi and sentenced him to three years in prison. Separately, human rights lawyer and activist Mahinour el-Masry was given a two-year prison sentence.
Ahmed Shafiq, the former Egyptian prime minister seen as the major potential opposition in the 2018 election, will not run. Shafiq listed his five years away from Egypt in the UAE as one of the reasons for his decision.
Khaled Ali said intimidation against his supporters and a disputed legal case convinced him not to run for Egypt's presidency. His withdrawal sets incumbent Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi up for a landslide victory in late March.
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