Egypt confirms Mubarak's PM back in presidency race

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Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:13 AM
Egypt confirms Mubarak's PM back in presidency race

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's election committee confirmed on Thursday that Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister would run in a presidential election, reversing its decision to eject him over a law drawn up by Islamists.

"After listening to Shafiq's appeal, the committee decided to halt the decision to exclude him from the presidential race," Farouk Soltan, the head of the election committee, told a news conference to announce the final list of candidates, listing Ahmed Shafiq among the 13 contenders.

Shafiq is seen as a strong contender to win Egypt's presidential elections set for May 23-24, with a run-off scheduled in June. His main rivals include two Islamists, Mohamed Mursi and Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, and the former head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad; Writing by Edmund Blair)