Briefly World: Brotherhood names candidate for Egypt presidential polls

The Muslim Brotherhood nominated its chief strategist and financier Khairat el-Shater late Saturday as its candidate to become Egypt’s first president since Hosni Mubarak

Written by Agencies | Published: April 2, 2012 1:11 am

Brotherhood names candidate for Egypt presidential polls

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood nominated its chief strategist and financier Khairat el-Shater late Saturday as its candidate to become Egypt’s first president since Hosni Mubarak,breaking a pledge not to seek the top office and a monopoly on power. Shater,62,a millionaire business tycoon,was a political prisoner until just a year ago. He is now a frontrunner in the presidential polls.

Mexico ex-president De la Madrid dies

MEXICO CITY: Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado,who led Mexico from 1982 to 1988 during economic crisis and a devastating earthquake died Sunday at age 77,President Felipe Calderon announced on his Twitter account. The former president had been hospitalised for respiratory problems.

Fugitive Iraq V-P leaves Kurdish zone for Qatar

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s fugitive Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi left the autonomous northern Kurdish region for Qatar Sunday,a statement from his office said. Hashemi,a Sunni,is accused by the Shia-led government of running death squads.

Hong Kong protesters allege Beijing meddling

HONG KONG: Thousands in Hong Kong have protested against alleged meddling by Beijing in the recent selection of the city’s next leader Leung Chun-ying. About 5,300 people took part in protests here Sunday.

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