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Egypt condemns UN rights chief's criticism ahead of vote

AP  |  Cairo 

has strongly condemned the UN human rights chief's critical statements on what he described as the "pervasive climate of intimidation" in ahead of the later this month.

The ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday that the UN report includes "baseless allegations" that reflect "deep disregard" for Egypt's efforts to promote for human rights.

It also urged UN for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein "to stop attacking the Egyptian state."

Egyptian is virtually certain to win another four-year term as he faces no serious challengers after a string of potential contenders withdrew under pressure or were arrested.

Egyptian authorities have intensified their crackdown on and silenced all public criticism ahead of the election.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 16:55 IST