Parody Sisi vs. Hamdeen tweets get laughs

Don’t be confused if you see the two Egyptian presidential candidates poking fun at each other on Twitter… It’s not them!

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Satirical Twitter accounts created under the names of Egypt’s presidential candidates, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi, have got the attention of social media users this week.

The accounts called @AlsisiParody and @HamdeenParody mocked the current political situation in Egypt and poked fun at the presidential candidates’ remarks in interviews.

But the accounts were not labeled as a parody until Friday, prompting much confusion online. Earlier, they were both created under the names @AlsisiiOfficial and @HamdeeenSabahi, which resemble the candidates’ real Twitter accounts.

They have recently been engaging in witty Twitter conversations where they tease one another on who is going to win the election, to be held at the end of May.

The two parody accounts in total have about 10,000 followers. Tweeps are engaging in conversations with the fake accounts, sharing their personal views on what to expect.

‘Don’t vote for him!’

“Those who will elect @HamdeenParody re-tweet this tweet...so I can jail you all once I become a president…those who will vote for me, favorite it,” a tweet posted by ‏@AlsisiParody said in Arabic.

However, despite a widely-held assumption that ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi would win the presidential race, the parody account of leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi thinks he has a chance to win.

“Vote for me and I will return @AlsisiParody a first lieutenant as soon as I win,” Sabahi’s parody account said.

Discussions between both accounts extend to criticizing each of the presidential candidates’ personal appearances, and why Sisi’s campaign refuses in reality to hold a debate with Sabahi.

Twitter allows parody accounts but the users must clearly specify that the account is a parody.

“@HamdeenParody @AlsisiParody follow these accounts...they are light hearted,” one Twitter user said.

“@HamdeenParody @AlsisiParody Do you know that I love both of you? But only one of you can be the president, and he knows himself,” another Tweep wrote to the fake presidential candidates.