CAIRO - Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament on Thursday passed legislation banning top officials who served under Hosni Mubarak from becoming president, a move which could derail former Vice President Omar Suleiman's attempt to become head of state.
The measure however would need to be approved by Egypt's ruling military and in a signal of the military council's likely response, a minister in the army-appointed cabinet called the new law "a deviation" that targeted one or two people.
The legislation approved on Thursday, an amendment to the law governing political rights, would also block the candidacy of anyone who served as a prime minister in the decade prior to Mubarak's removal from power. That would rule out Ahmed Shafiq, who is also running.
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