Egypt advisory council head to run for president

By REUTERS
March 7, 2012 21:50

 
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CAIRO - A veteran Egyptian politician who is close to the country's military rulers and the powerful Muslim Brotherhood announced on Wednesday he would run in a presidential election on May 23.

Mansour Hassan, the head of the advisory council to Egypt's military rulers and a culture and information minister under the late President Anwar Sadat, confirmed his presidential plans to Reuters by phone. State news agency MENA had previously reported he was planning to stand in the election.

"The details of my nomination will be announced in a news conference within two days," Hassan told Reuters. His name was among those local media had listed as possible candidates.

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