Report: Egypt army backs law on presidential bid ban

April 24, 2012 03:06

CAIRO - Egypt's ruling army has approved a law barring top officials from Hosni Mubarak's era running for president, a newspaper website said on Monday, but it may not stop the candidacy of his last prime minister.

It was unclear if the law passed by the Islamist-led parliament would take effect in time to block the presidential bid of Ahmed Shafiq, who was appointed prime minister in the last days of Mubarak's rule and served for a short time after his ouster.

The development adds a further twist to a turbulent period in the run up to the first real presidential race in Egypt's history, marking the final step before the ruling generals hand power to a new president by July 1. Voting starts on May 23-24.

The row over who may run has drawn protests from supporters of two Islamist candidates who have been disqualified, adding uncertainty to Egypt's transition to democracy. Mubarak's former vice president also has been excluded.

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