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Amr Moussa, a former foreign minister and more recently head of the Arab League, declared his presidential candidacy in March 2011 and is viewed as a front-runner for the post. In his previous positions, Moussa earned popular approval for his outspoken criticism of Israeli policies. When then president Hosni Mubarak removed Moussa from the Foreign Ministry in 2001, appointing him head of the Arab League instead, observers speculated that Mubarak was intent on curbing Moussa’s influence and popularity.
Moussa has nevertheless been criticized for his proximity to the former regime. Although Moussa joined anti-Mubarak protests in Tahrir Square on February 4, he later expressed sympathy for the former president, even stating that Mubarak should not be tried or investigated and emphasizing that the government under Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was adequate to lead Egypt until the next elections. He has also recommended that the next presidential election be conducted before parliamentary elections and supports the right of the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in the political process. In May 2011, Moussa called for the postponement of parliamentary elections until September and criticized a revised electoral law for containing ambiguities regarding expatriate voting rights.