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Legal concern: Muslim Brotherhood files last-minute back-up candidate


The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's top political force, has put up its back-up presidential candidate just a day before the doors of the Electoral Commission closed. They fear their first pick may be disqualified from the race on legal grounds.

­In case the Brotherhood’s first choice, Khairat al-Shater, is found ineligible, Mohamed Mursi will be the candidate from the group.

The primary nominee of the Islamist group, al-Shater, has a criminal record. In 2006 a military court sentenced him to seven years in prison on charges of terrorism and money laundering. He was released from prison under amnesty last March, after the end of the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

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