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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ayman Nour Pardoned

Ayman Nour, who as head of the Al-Ghad Party ran against Husni Mubarak in 2005 and was subsequently jailed, has been pardoned by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and is therefore eligible to run for

Nour was an important figure in 2005, but in the very new Egypt that is emerging I suspect he will prove a rather peripheral figure, one more liberal competing for a small segment of a much broader political spectrum. But his conviction was patently trumped up by the Mubarak regime and it is good that his record has been cleared.

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