In a historic move, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ordered the constitution changed to allow more than one candidate to run for president.
Mr. Mubarak told the nation in a televised address Saturday that he has called for the constitutional amendment in time for the September presidential election. He is widely expected to run for a fifth term.
The current system allows parliament to choose a single presidential candidate who is then approved or rejected by voters in a referendum.
Mr. Mubarak has been under increasing opposition pressure, and from the United States, to change the long-standing system. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has postponed next week's scheduled trip to Egypt in part to protest the arrest of a prominent opposition figure in January.