Egypt’s Al Wasat Party, a group founded by a former Muslim Brotherhood official, said it will back Islamist candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh for president.
Aboul-Fotouh, himself a former Brotherhood official, received 63 percent of the party’s vote, followed by another Islamist candidate, Mohamed Selim El-Awwa, Al Wasat said in a statement on its website. The Salafist Nour party, which has the second-most seats in parliament after the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, also backed Aboul-Fotouh.
The Freedom and Justice Party has nominated its leader, Mohamed Mursi, to run in next month’s election.
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