Egypt's President El-Sisi says he will stand for reelection

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2018
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Egypt's President El-Sisi says he will stand for reelection

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in March, which the former military commander is widely expected to win.
“Today ... I tell you frankly and transparently that I hope you would allow and accept my candidacy for the president’s post,” Sissi told a cheering crowd.
The vote will be held on March 26-28, with a run-off vote on April 24-26 if no candidate wins more than 50 percent in the first round. Candidates will register from Jan. 20 to 29.
In the televised announcement, Sissi listed Egypt’s achievements during his first term, including a nascent financial recovery after years of political turmoil and economic instability.
“Building the state takes 16 to 20 years, I am trying to finish it in 8 years, God willing,” Sissi said.
The former general became president in 2014, winning 96.91 percent of the vote, although turnout was only about 47 percent of the 54 million voters, after voting was extended for a day.


Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

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Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

  • American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography
  • On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant

DUBAI: A former Dubai and Qatar teacher has admitted child sex offenses at a US court in Florida.
American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography at a hearing at the US District Court in Tampa on Thursday, May 17.
Ball, who taught music at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai and previously at the Qatar Academy in Doha, paid $5,000 to fly to the US in February, where he planned to meet a seven-year-old.
On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant, an earlier court hearing was told.
Ball, originally from Mississippi, had used the Internet and a mobile phone to lure his victim, prosecutors told the court at an earlier hearing.
When Arab News spoke to his Dubai employer in February, a spokesman for the school said the expat teacher had been recruited through a “reputable [recruitment] agency” and “stringent background checks” had been carried out.
Both schools also told Arab News at the time that there was no reason to believe Ball had committed similar offenses while in their employment in the Gulf.
Ball will return to court on Aug. 3, 2018 for sentencing.