With the deadline to register for running in Egypt’s presidential election this Sunday, the islamist Muslim Brotherhood candidate Khairat al-Shater was cheered in Cairo as he handed in his official papers on Thursday.
The 61-year-old millionaire businessman waited until last week to announce he would be bidding for the top post. Previously, his party said it would not participate in the ballot.
Shater’s main rivals served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, including Amr Moussa, who was prime minister in the 1990s and a former head of the Arab League. Moussa is backed by the liberal Wafd Party.
Another serious contender is Islamist Abdul Moneim Abou Foutouh, who was expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood when he announced he would run for the presidency, back when the party decided it would abstain.