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June 5, 2012 6:00 am

Muslim Brotherhood Encourages Protests Ahead of Egyptian Election

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt's presidency. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – The presidential candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and two popular rivals eliminated in the runoff called on Monday for further street protests until Egypt’s current military rulers enforce legislation disqualifying the other remaining candidate, former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik.

In a joint statement, the candidates also endorsed a call for a major demonstration on Tuesday to protest what they called the weak verdict handed down over the weekend in Mr. Mubarak’s trial. Their statement was the most forceful effort yet to use anger over the verdict to galvanize opposition to Mr. Shafik, long considered a contender to succeed Mr. Mubarak inside his authoritarian one-party system. But it was also the latest blow to the credibility of the Egypt’s first competitive presidential election.

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