Disqualified Islamist candidate: Army trying to keep power

By REUTERS
April 18, 2012 14:06

 
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CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate who was disqualified from Egypt's first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak's ouster said on Wednesday that the ruling army council was not serious about transferring power to civilians.

"The military council does not have the serious intention to transfer power," Khairat al-Shater, a millionaire businessman and top Brotherhood official, said after he was pushed out of the race by the election committee because of a criminal conviction during Mubarak's rule when the group was banned.

In his place, the Brotherhood will field Mohamed Mursi, head of its political party who had filed the official paperwork to run just in case Shater was disqualified.    

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