The Muslim Brotherhood along with hardline ultraconservative Salafis have captured more than 70 percent of the seats in parliament in the first post-revolution elections.
Liberal and secular revolutionaries who spearheaded the mass protests that led to Mubarak's ousting have largely been sidelined.
The presidential election is due on May 23-24, with a possible run-off on June 16-17. The winner will be announced on June 21, less than two weeks before the July 1 deadline promised by the military rulers who took over after Mubarak to hand over power.
Many observers had been looking to Saturday's announcement for a decision about whether Abu Ismail, a heavyweight candidate with the support of ultraconservative Salafis, would be disqualified over the question of whether his late mother had dual Egyptian-U.S. citizenship. A new election law bars an individual from running if the candidate, the candidate's spouse or parents hold any citizenship other than Egyptian.
Saturday's announcement also came a day after more than 10,000 Egyptians marched from mosques and protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square in a show of strength by Islamists demanding that Suleiman and other ousted regime officials be barred from running.
Suleiman, formerly one of the most powerful members of Mubarak's inner circle as a former intelligence chief and vice president, said that he had entered the race to prevent Islamist rule.
Intellpuke: You can read this Associated Press article in context here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/egyptian-presidential-hopefuls-barred-race