A serving colonel has been detained in Egypt  for announcing his interest to contest in the presidential election.

Military prosecutors detained Ahmed Konsowa for two weeks after he made public his desire to run in the 2018 presidential election.

Lawyer Asaad Heikal said 42-year-old Konsowa was detained on Saturday on suspicion of “behaviour that harms the requirements of the military” because he “published a video and stated political views.”

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“I proudly declare that I have decided to unlock the current political deadlock by running” in the election, Konsowa said in the statement on Facebook.

Colonel Konsowa criticised in the videos the country’s policies in education, health, and the economy, without mentioning Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s name.

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