Former Egypt PM cleared to run in elections

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Egypt’s election committee has confirmed that Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister would run in a presidential election, reversing its decision to eject him over a law drawn up by Islamists. Ahmed Shafiq was the last prime minister under president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by a popular uprising early last year. A total of 13 contenders have been cleared to run for the post. “After listening to Shafiq’s appeal, the committee decided to halt the decision to exclude him from the presidential race,” Farouk Soltan, the head of the election committee, said while announcing the final list of candidates on Thursday in Cairo. Shafiq was disqualified on Tuesday,…

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