Egypt's Brotherhood FJP party names Shater its presidential candidate

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Posted: Mar 31, 2012 3:29 PM
Egypt's Brotherhood FJP party names Shater its presidential candidate

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) named Khairat al-Shater, a deputy to the Brotherhood's leader and an accomplished businessman in Egypt, as its presidential candidate on Saturday for May's vote, its official Facebook page said.

The Brotherhood, which dominated the first parliamentary vote after Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year, had said it would not run in what is billed as Egypt's first free and fair presidential race. The first round of voting is on May 23-24.

"Fifty-six members (out of 108 members of the Brotherhood's Shura Council) voted to pick Khairat al-Shater as the Brotherhood's presidential candidate and 52 voted against it," a member of the Brotherhood told Reuters ahead of a news conference to name its candidate.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad and Ahmed Tolba, Writing by Sherine El Madany; Editing by Alison Williams)