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Egyptian Authorities Block Opposition Newspaper

Egyptian authorities have blocked the distribution of a new opposition party newspaper, in which its imprisoned leader announces his intention to run for the presidency.

Gamila Ismail, the wife of jailed Al-Ghad party leader Ayman Nour, said Tuesday that the first edition of the newspaper was on its way to newsstands when state security officials had it recalled without offering any reason.

Parliamentarian Ayman Nour was arrested in January and is charged with forging signatures to obtain a license for his al-Ghad party. He has denied the charges, which he says are politically motivated.

Mr. Nour's wife said he decided to run for president after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak proposed a constitutional amendment last month to allow for more than one candidate to stand in the election.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.