Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood names presidential candidate (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 03.31.12, 22:20)
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Freedom and Justice Party names Khairat al-Shater as its presidential
nominee for May´s elections
The Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has named
Khairat al-Shater, a deputy to the Brotherhood´s leader and an
accomplished businessman in Egypt, as its presidential candidate,
Cairo´s media reported Saturday.
Shater was elected by a majority vote among the party´s members.
Fifty six members of the Party´s 108-representative council voted in
favor of Shater, while the other 52 members opposed the nomination.
Shater, 62, is an Egyptian engineer. He joined the party in 1974, and
is considered to be a main financier of the Brotherhood. In 1995 he
was appointed as deputy chairman of the Party. He was imprisoned
under the Mubarak regime from 2007 and was released by the Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces in March 2011.
Following the victory of the FJP, parliamentary wing of the Muslim
Brotherhood in the 2012 parliamentary election, Shater was considered
a likely candidate for presidency.
Several other party members were named as possible nominees for the
presidency such as Arab League Chief Nabil el-Arabi and former Arab
League chief Umaru Musa. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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