Egypt's Brotherhood Mulls Presidential Run

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is considering running a candidate in the country's presidential elections set for May 23-24.

Last year, the Islamist party pledged not to field a candidate in an effort to quiet fears that it's seeking to control the country.

Now the group said none of the candidates are worthy of its support and it may have to run one of its own.

Mahmoud Hussein, the Brotherhood's general secretary, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his group has been "forced to consider the option of fielding a candidate from its own ranks."

The Brotherhood already controls both houses of parliament.

Critics have warned the Brotherhood against taking too much on itself just a year after it emerged from decades of operating in the shadows as an illegal organization.

Egypt's ruling military council has retained certain presidential powers, and it may choose to act if it sees one political party, like the Brotherhood, move too far and too fast.

Under Egypt's interim constitution, the parliament doesn't have the power to take a no-confidence vote in the military's hand-picked government.

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