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Thirteen candidates to contest first Egyptian presidential election

Cairo , Fri, 27 Apr 2012 ANI

Cairo, Apr 27(ANI): Thirteen candidates are contesting the first Egyptian presidential election after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last year.

Egyptian officials have released a list that the names of 13 presidential candidates, including former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq though 23 had initially applied to contest the election.

Higher Presidential Election Commission head Farouk Sultan said the body had decided to accept Shafiq's appeal against his exclusion, the BBC reports.

His candidature had earlier been judged to infringe a law passed by the Islamist-dominated parliament that banned former Mubarak-era officials from contesting the election.

Other prominent candidates on the list are Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) chairman, Mohammed Mursi; the secularist former Arab League chief Amr Moussa; and an independent Islamist who broke away from the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh.

The electoral commission had earlier disqualified President Mubarak's former vice-president and spy chief, Omar Suleiman; the Muslim Brotherhood's initial prime candidate, Khairat al-Shater, and the hardline Salafi Islamist candidate Hazem Abu Ismail.

The first round of the election is to be held between 23 and 24 May. (ANI)

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