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An Egyptian political party and a youth group have both announced plans to boycott presidential polls slated for May 26-27.
"We will not participate in the upcoming election," Ahmed Emam, spokesman for the Strong Egypt Party, which is led by former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, told Anadolu Agency.
Emam asserted that "nothing has changed in Egypt's political scene" since the party decided in February not to field a presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, Egypt's April 6 youth movement also said it would boycott the upcoming election.
"The decision to boycott the vote has been taken after five months of consultations," April 6 coordinator Ali Amr told a press conference.
Group spokesman Mohamed Kamal, for his part, said April 6 did not recognize the election's validity.
"Though we appreciate [presidential candidate] Hamdeen Sabahi, we object to the election law on which the electoral process is based," he said.
Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27 in the second phase of a transitional roadmap imposed by the army following last July's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – by the military.
Former army chief and presidential frontrunner Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster last summer, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are both vying for highest office.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 17:17