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EGYPT: Army will not field a presidential candidate

February 17, 2011 |  7:00 am

Protest1 Egypt's army will not field a candidate in the presidential election following the toppling of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, an assistant to the country's defense minister told Reuters on Thursday.

There will be "no presidential candidate from the military establishment in upcoming presidential elections," Maj. Gen. Mokhtaar Mullah said at a Thursday news conference.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Egyptian part-time public health sector workers demand full-time employment during a protest in Cairo on Thursday. Nationwide protests erupted Jan. 25, ending President Hosni Mubarak's regime in less than three weeks and sending shockwaves far beyond the borders of the Arab world's most populous nation. Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

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