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Egypt’s Political Opening Exposes Frailty of Opposition

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president for 24 years, will announce his candidacy for a fifth term Thursday, officials say. The event will be carefully scripted: He will declare his intention in Shibin al-Kom, the gritty Nile Delta village where he was born 77 years ago. Protocol will be followed, they say, and his party will then nominate him to stand for election Sept. 7. But as Mubarak looks past the barely contested vote, little else in the largest Arab country seems assured. Full Story

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