Ex-presidential candidate in Egypt calls upcoming vote a farce, saying he won't take part

A former presidential candidate in Egypt says he will not take part in upcoming presidential elections, calling them a "farce."

The comments Sunday came from Khaled Ali, whose campaign was the closest to the youth movements behind the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Ali says the conditions for the expected April election are stacked in favor of one candidate. However, he didn't specifically name powerful military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run and win easily.

Ali also criticized the current military-backed government for detaining opposition members and called on the army to stay out of politics.

Though popular among leftists and the youth, Ali is little-known among the wider public. He got 0.6 percent of the 23 million votes cast in 2012.