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A show of support for Sisi in Tahrir Square

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Around 200 demonstrators gathered close to Tahrir Square on Friday in support of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief, widely tipped to become Egypt's next president. Sisi, the general who ousted Egypt's first freely elected leader, declared his candidacy on Wednesday for a presidential election he is expected to easily win. Sisi toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests against his rule and has emerged as the most influential figure in an interim administration that has governed since then. Demonstrations against Sisi's candidacy, also fueled by a court decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death earlier in the week, took place in several neighborhoods in Cairo on Friday. Reuters eyewitnesses also report scores-strong demonstrations in several Egyptian cities following Friday prayers. Among his supporters, Sisi is wildly popular. Many see him

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