The Egyptian army has ousted democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi and announced fresh elections.
Militants have attacked an Egyptian army base hours after a nationwide state of emergency was extended for the fourth time. Egypt has been fighting an insurgency since President el-Sissi toppled his predecessor in 2013.
Despite coming to power on a wave of popular support, President el-Sissi appears to have the same aspirations as his autocratic predecessors. DW looks at his swift rise from army chief to second-term president.
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.
The Egyptian regime has promised fair elections, but el-Sissi is sure to be re-elected, says Middle East expert Günter Meyer. The sole opposition candidate is to give the impression that the election is a democratic one.
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