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Egypt's opposition condemns detention of Aboul Fotouh

Strong Egypt Party urges public unity against what it called government's 'intentional blockage' of political dissent.

Aboul Fotouh

Egypt's opposition has condemned the detention of Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the Strong Egypt Party leader and former presidential candidate, and accused the government of a "fierce hatred campaign" against political dissent.

Aboul Fotouh was transferred to a detention centre in the infamous Tora complex on Thursday, a day after his arrest from his home in Cairo along with six of his party members, who were later released the same night.

State Security Prosecution has ordered Aboul Fotouh's detention for 15 days in prison pending investigations on charges related to leading a "terrorist" organisation and spreading false news inside and outside the country, according to media reports.

In a statement on Thursday, Strong Egypt Party said: "In the shadow of the escalating repressive measures practised by the Egyptian regime against peaceful political opposition, the party holds the government fully responsible for the personal safety of Mr Aboul Fotouh and Mr Kassas."

The Strong Egypt Party's deputy head. Mohamed al-Kassas, along with several other opposition figures, was detained last week.

Call for unity

The opposition party urged all political entities and public figures to "stand united against the regime's repressive practices towards peaceful opposition", as it temporarily suspended all political activities.

Aboul Fotouh's arrest came just days after an Egyptian lawyer submitted a complaint to the public prosecutor, calling for the arrest of Aboul Fotouh after the politician appeared on a television show from London.

In his complaint, lawyer Samir Sabry accused Aboul Fotouh of "spreading fake news" and demeaning Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and leader of the Strong Egypt Party, Aboul Fotouh ran as an independent candidate in the 2012 presidential elections, gaining nearly a fifth of the vote in the first round.

The vote six years ago marked Egypt's first competitive elections following the 2011 revolution, which overthrew long-time leader Hosni Mubarak.

Aboul Fotouh has become the latest detainee in a string of arrests of political figures, government critics and former officials.

Egyptians will go to the polls next month in a presidential election in which incumbent President Sisi looks poised to extend his term in office.

Several potential candidates have either been arrested or faced threats, intimidation and physical violence, forcing them to drop out.

In the interview  last week, Aboul Fotouh condemned Sisi's crackdown on opposition and said that the upcoming presidential elections were not fair, transparent, or "democratic", especially with the absence of real opposition.

"A boycott of this mockery is a duty, in our opinion, because we don't accept for Egyptians to participate in a farce," he said of the March vote.

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