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Mubarak again

All but 10 MPs in Egypt's 454- seat parliament backed President Hosni Mubarak to run unopposed for a third six-year term in office, AFP reports from Cairo.

The President's National Democratic Party dominates the People's Assembly and no other candidate was able to muster the backing of at least one third of MPs to run for head of state. Mr Mubarak will face the electorate in early October and starts his new term on 13 October.