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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood reverses no-election pledge by naming presidential candidate

April 1, 2012 - Cairo

Egypt's powerful political wing Muslim Brotherhood has named its deputy chairman Khairat al-Shatir as its candidate for the presidential elections in May.

Naming Shatir for presidential elections reverses a pledge made earlier by the group's leaders not to contest the election.

Mahmoud Hussein, the group's deputy leader, said it had decided to field a candidate following 'attempts to abort the revolution,' The BBC reports.

Shatir, a wealthy businessman, has long been a senior member of the Islamist group and its main financier.

He spent 12 years in prison because of his connection with the Brotherhood, which was previously banned and was released only after last year's uprising.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that it had reversed its decision not to contest the presidency to overcome risks to Egypt's revolution and the transfer from military to civilian rule.

The Brotherhood already dominates Egypt's newly elected parliament and the panel set up to draft the new constitution.


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