Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik gestures during an interview in his hotel room during his campaign tour in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Shafik is one of 13 candidates running in the first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. The first round of the elections will take place next week on May 23 and 24. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/MCT)
Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik gestures during an interview in his hotel room during his campaign tour in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Shafik is one of 13 candidates running in the first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. The first round of the elections will take place next week on May 23 and 24. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/MCT) MCT
Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik gestures during an interview in his hotel room during his campaign tour in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Shafik is one of 13 candidates running in the first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. The first round of the elections will take place next week on May 23 and 24. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/MCT) MCT

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May 17, 2012 12:00 AM

Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak’s last prime minister, is the surprise contender in Egypt’s presidential race

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