The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate warns that upcoming Egyptian elections might be affected by fraud and violence now that his group is facing off against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's spy chief.

Khairat al-Shater, who is also the Islamist group's chief strategist, voiced those fears in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday as the race begins for the May 23-24 vote. He says the country may be ruled by a "new Mubarak."

The group swept recent parliamentary elections but ran afoul of the council of military generals now ruling the country when it tried to exert its newfound power. The entry into the race of top Mubarak aide Omar Suleiman has sparked fears that the generals are trying to ensure the presidency will go to an ally.