Amr Mussa left Mubarak’s government in 2001
Former Arab League chief Amr Mussa gestures during a press conference in Cairo on April 22. A candidate in Egypt's first post-revolt presidential election has pulled out of the race to support former Arab League chief Amr Mussa, state media reported. © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Amr Mussa left Mubarak’s government in 2001
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Last updated: May 16, 2012

Egypt presidential candidate Mohammed Fawzi Eissa pulls out to back Amr Mussa

A candidate in Egypt's first post-revolt presidential election pulled out of the race on Wednesday to support former Arab League chief Amr Mussa, state media reported.

Mohammed Fawzi Eissa, a lawyer for several ministers from ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime on trial for fraud, said he now supported Mussa as the next president of Egypt.

Eissa said his decision to quit the race, leaving 12 candidates still in contention, came from a desire "not to split the votes" of like-minded candidates, the official MENA news agency said.

"I have the honour to be joining the next presidential team as a supporter and I will urge my supporters" to do the same. "We have similar ideas," Eissa said.

Egypt's landmark presidential election, set for May 23-24, comes 15 months after mass nationwide protests ousted Mubarak and left the military in charge of the country.

Mussa, a leading contender in the race, faces competition from Ahmed Shafiq, who served as Mubarak's last prime minister, as well as from Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi and a moderate Islamist, Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh.

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