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May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak’s last prime minister, is the surprise contender in Egypt’s presidential race

Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik, written off by many as a contender because of his service as Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, is enjoying renewed buzz around his candidacy, helped by favorable coverage on state TV, the results of a survey in a respected Cairo newspaper, and what appears to be growing disenchantment with his Islamist rivals.

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