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Mubarak's last PM interested in running for Egyptian presidency

Published on Jan 10, 2014 6:06 AM

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Mr Ahmed Shafik, said in a television interview broadcast on Thursday that he would run for president if the army chief does not contest elections.

"I believe now I will run for the presidency," Mr Shafik told Al Qahira Wil Nas television, adding that he would compete if army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stayed out of the race expected later this year.

Mr Shafik left Egypt last year after being defeated in the presidential election by Mr Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician since overthrown by the army and now on trial for conspiracy and inciting violence while in office.

Last month, Egyptian courts acquitted him in one corruption case and shelved another.

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