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Abol Fotoh outlines election program, celebrates candidacy approval

By Amir Makar CAIRO: Thousands gathered on Monday night to celebrate the acceptance of presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abol Fotoh’s application by the Presidential Election Committee. “We can realize our dreams with the cooperation of the great Egyptian people,” Abol Fotoh said in his speech, pledging to make use of Egypt’s “most valuable source of wealth”, human …

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Islamist draws crowds in Egypt election campaign

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: A sheikh who blends hardline Islamism with revolutionary zeal is emerging as a frontrunner in the race for the Egyptian presidency, buoyed by a popular touch which even his critics say is striking a chord with many voters. Hazem Salah Abu Ismail’s message has moved from the mosque to the …

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Egyptians learn fast in campaign for historic vote

By Tom Perry and Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: In the final moments of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency, Mohamed Elshahawy made a call to the man he thought should replace him. “We need to talk about the future,” he told Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, then a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader. One year on, Elshahawy has taken time …

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Campaign silence law violated as MP pushes to amend it

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Laws limiting campaigning to three weeks prior to the presidential election are proving hard to follow as candidates work on collecting the required 30,000 endorsements and, in the meantime, are making no secret of violating the campaign silence rule. “Candidates affiliated with parties can submit their nomination papers with the consent of …

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