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Last-minute contenders spice up Egypt presidential election

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Last-minute contenders spice up Egypt presidential election


The Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater has has shaken up the presidential election map in Egypt. He has decided to campaign for office despite his party originally saying it would not put forward a candidate.

The 61-year-old millionaire has slammed the bid for power by Egypt’s former intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman.

“We strongly reject any attempt to restore the previous political regime in the same form and represented in the person of General Omar Suleiman. And we think that this is an insult to the revolution and shows a lack of awareness of the type of change that has taken place in the lives of Egyptian people and its impact. The issue is about an attempt to steal the revolution,” he said.

In a national newspaper interview Mubarak’s former spy he has strongly criticised the Muslim Brotherhood suggesting the Islamist group had lost popularity as it sought to monopolise power.

Opinion polls indicate Amr Moussa the Arab League chief is in front ahead of salifist Hazem Abu Ismail. He faces disqualification because of documents showing his late mother had U.S. citizenship.

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