Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian presidential race

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Lawyer ends challenge to Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, telling supporters ‘opportunity for hope has gone’

The Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali has quit the race, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either bowed out or was forced to abandon a challenge to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ahead of the March election.

Ali, a prominent socialist, had entered the race as a symbol of Egypt’s leftist revolutionary politics, but on Wednesday he told a press conference packed with supporters that “the opportunity for hope in this presidential election has gone”.

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