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Abdullah al-Ashal announces presidential bid

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Abdullah al-Ashal announces presidential bid

Adel Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Salafi-led Asala Party, announced Saturday that the party's candidate Abdullah al-Ashalsubmitted his candidacy papers Saturday at the elections commission.

Abdel Maqsoud told Al-Jazeera that the supreme body of the party agreed with Ashal in a meeting that it would back him for presidency.

In agreeing to run, Ash'al reversed his decision to withdrawal from the race on 3 April in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Khairait al- Shater, which he announced at a press conference in the Brotherhood's headquarters. Mohamed Morsy, Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party and the Brotherhood's supreme guide, attended the conference.

Ashal is a professor of International Law at the American University in Cairo. He also served as assistant secretary of foreign affairs of Egypt.

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