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Egypt - Apr 3, 2012 - 17:12

Last modified: 3 Apr 2012 14:12

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has defended its decision to run its deputy leader in the upcoming presidential election, despite alleged splits within the movement and accusations that it is trying to monopolise power.

The Brotherhood backtracked on an earlier pledge not to contest May's presidential election by announcing on Saturday that it would field deputy leader Khairat al-Shater.

"There is no intention to assert control," said Mohammed Morsi, head of the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which dominates Egypt's parliament and the senate.

"We are only present in what has been elected ... in parliament, in syndicates," he said on Tuesday, adding "This is the people's will. Does anyone want to oppose the people's will or prevent it?"

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