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Ahmed Shafik pulls out of Egypt presidential race

Ahmed Shafik pulls out of Egypt presidential race
From Al Jazeera - January 7, 2018

Ahmed Shafik, a former Egyptian prime minister, has said he will not stand for president in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

The 76-year-old had previouslyannouncedhis plan to run in an exclusive video message to Al Jazeera.

"I saw that I will not be the ideal person to lead the state during the coming period," a statement posted on Shafik's Twitter account read on Sunday.

"Thus I have decided not to run in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections."

Shafik was seen as one of the few people who could potentially challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the election, scheduled to take place in March.

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Shafik was prime minister for one month in 2011, during that year's Arab Spring uprising.

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