The upcoming presidential elections are further polarizing the ranks of Egypt’s already divided trade unions.
Celebrating Labor Day with the interim Cabinet, state-controlled federations are openly offering their services to support former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidential bid.
But independent trade union federations are divided on the issue, and some are seeking to distance themselves from both Sisi and his chief contender, the Nasserist-oriented candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi.
With the first round of voting due to start just over three weeks from now on May 26-27, the state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) has actively dedicated itself to the Sisi campaign. A host of ETUF officials announced that the federation would campaign for the field marshal nationwide, and offered Sisi’s campaign team the use of its unions, buildings and offices to ensure his victory.
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