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Egypt’s Salafists to back Sisi as president

Al-Nour party announced its support for ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for the upcoming presidential elections

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Egypt’s Salafist al-Nour Party announced Saturday that it will back ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the country’s upcoming presidential election later this month.

The party, considered to be the second-biggest Islamist group in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood, made the announcement after a meeting Saturday headed by its chairman Younis Makhioun.

The group said it has evaluated the results of the meetings between the only two candidates running in Egypt’s presidential elections, Sisi and leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi.

An overwhelming majority of party members have voiced their support for Sisi, Makhioun said, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page.

Al-Nour is an ultra-conservative Islamist party that was created in the wake of the 2011 uprising the toppled President Husni Mubarak.

Once an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Nour supported the military-backed ouster of President Mohammad Mursi last July.

The presidential elections are scheduled to take place on May 26-27.