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Egyptian Islamist Running for Presidency Attacked by Armed Men

February 27, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Abdel Moneim Abu el-Fotouh, a candidate for Egypt’s presidency and former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, suffered concussion after an attack by armed men.

El-Fotouh’s driver was also hurt and his car was stolen, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. Police are seeking three men in connection with the assault, which took place at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday as el-Fotouh was coming back from a campaigning event in the town of Munufeya, MENA reported, citing an unidentified security official.

El-Fotouh is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose supporters form the largest bloc in Egypt’s newly elected parliament. He was forced out of the group last year when he announced plans to run in presidential elections which the Brotherhood has said it will not contest.

The vote is due to take place by the end of June, according to Egypt’s military rulers, though no date has been set. Candidates must register between March 10 and April 8.

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--Editors: Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon at mderhally@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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