Egypt's Shafik withdraws presidential election bid

A New York Times report says Shafik could have been influenced by the government to withdraw from the race. It is the latest in a series of leaks.

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    Egypt's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, has ruled himself out of this year's presidential election - just six weeks after announcing his candidacy.

    Shafik was widely seen as a serious challenger to President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi.

    A New York Times report says Shafik could have been influenced by the government to withdraw from the race. It is the latest in a series of leaks.

    Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports.


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