Running against al-Sisi might be a risky prospect, but Mona Prince cuts a bold figure in this repressive society, even as her detractors mock her for announcing her candidacy in a candid Facebook video

In a smoky restaurant-bar in downtown Cairo, the presidential candidate is sucking hard on a cigarette.

“I’m breaking the image of the president as an all-knowing, god-like type,” says Mona Prince, an elbow propped against the table. Prince, an English literature professor in a frayed white baseball cap, drinks two beers during our interview. “I’m a human being – and the president is a human being!” she laughs.

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