Egyptian Opposition Leader Nour to Run for President, MENA Says

Egyptian opposition politician Ayman Nour, imprisoned on fraud charges after contesting the 2005 elections, said he will stand for president, the Middle East News Agency reported today.

Nour said the Ghad Party he heads chose him to represent them in a May vote, the first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year, the state run news agency said.

Nour was pardoned of “all the consequences” relating to his 2005 conviction yesterday by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, clearing the way for him to run.

The politician ran against Mubarak in the 2005 race, and was subsequently imprisoned on fraud charges described by the New York-based Human Rights Watch as “trumped up.” Nour served most of the sentence before being released for health reasons. The deadline to register for the elections is April 8.

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