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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood reverses no-election pledge by naming presidential candidate

Sunday - Apr 01, 2012, 02:42pm (GMT+5.5)
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Cairo - Egypt's powerful political wing Muslim Brotherhood has named its deputy chairman Khairat al-Shatir as its candidate for the presidential elections in May.

Naming Shatir for presidential elections reverses a pledge made earlier by the group's leaders not to contest the election.

Mahmoud Hussein, the group's deputy leader, said it had decided to field a candidate following 'attempts to abort the revolution,' The BBC reports.

Shatir, a wealthy businessman, has long been a senior member of the Islamist group and its main financier.

He spent 12 years in prison because of his connection with the Brotherhood, which was previously banned and was released only after last year's uprising.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that it had reversed its decision not to contest the presidency to overcome risks to Egypt's revolution and the transfer from military to civilian rule.

The Brotherhood already dominates Egypt's newly elected parliament and the panel set up to draft the new constitution.


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