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When one looks ahead on the regional horizon, one upcoming event looms large and that is the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.
From all indications, Mr Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former military leader of Egypt is the favourite to win, after he led the overthrow of Mr. Mohammed Morsi last July after huge protests took place against the Islamist President.
Mr. Sisi seems poised be the next leader of Egypt who has come from the military – something that, other than Mr. Morsi's year in office, has been the case since the 1950s.
People both in and out of Egypt are asking many of the same questions… questions like will this be a fair election when there really is no one running against Mr. Sisi.
There is one individual who submitted his petition for candidacy on this past Sunday – the last day of eligibility – to run against Mr. Sisi in the first round of voting due to take place May 26 and 27.
He is a from the political left, Mr. Hamdeen Sabahi, and he has a history of opposition activities, being jailed 13 times.
In a political voting poll back in 2012 he came in third place.
He runs the secular Popular Current party. This was part of the anti-Morsi alliance called the National Salvation Front.
Also, people are increasingly concerned that the steps forward toward democracy made during the Arab Spring are eroding away.
Human rights groups say that the Egyptian interm government authorities, who are backed by the military, are compromising media coverage and free speech – particularly against Mr. Sisi.
Since Mr Morsi was removed from office more than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood with whom Mr. Morsi is associated, been jailed.
The interim authorities have outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
One thing is clear, Egypt needs stability, and it needs economic reform.
In both these cases, the military appears to be the one Egyptian institution able to forge headway – albeit in a worrisome way.
Middle East Corespondent