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FILE PHOTO: Former Prime Minister and current presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq addresses a news conference in Cairo June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force pilot and ex-presidential candidate, told Reuters on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year, saying he would return to Egypt in the "coming days".

In a video declaration sent to Reuters and a telephone statement, Shafiq said he would run in the election planned for around April, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to seek a second term.

"I'm honored to announce my will to run in the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt as a choice to lead the country for the next four years," he said in the statement from the United Arab Emirates.

(Reporting by Amina Ismail; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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