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Arroyo in rerun rethink

Manila, Oct. 3 (Reuters): Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is almost certain to run in next May’s presidential election, reversing course after pledging last year not to stand, a close aide said today.

Just hours later, vice-president Teofisto Guingona announced he was resigning from the ruling Lakas party, signalling that political manoeuvring had begun in earnest ahead of elections in one of Asia’s most turbulent democracies.

“I really don’t know on the timing (of an announcement), but I know she has more or less made up her mind and she will run for election,” Norberto Gonzales, the President’s adviser on special concerns, said.

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