Egypt

MB name candidate


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Despite saying that they would not put up a candidate for the presidential election, the Muslim Brotherhood has named Khairat el-Shater as their candidate.

The decision, taken late last week may well have come about because of increasing concerns by the Muslim Brotherhood about the way in which the armed forces are continuing to protect the existing government and not allowing the parliament to exercise its powers.

Khairat el-Shater, originally trained as an engineer but has become a successful millionaire businessman and is a former deputy chairman of the Brotherhood. He has been imprisoned on a number of occasions by the Mubarak regime, the last time being in 2008. He was released from gaol in March 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood say that they have checked out whether any of his previous convictions are likely to prevent him from standing and all appears to be clear.

Not everyone in the Muslim Brotherhood is enamoured with the choice of candidate and some believe that some members may vote instead for the Salafist candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail.

Khairat el-Shater is believed to be a moderate within the Brotherhood and is also believed to be a strong advocate of the free market.

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