CAIRO - The body overseeing Egypt's
presidential election on Wednesday accepted an appeal by former
prime minister Ahmed Shafiq against his disqualification as a
candidate, allowing him back into the race.
"The presidential electoral committee headed by Farouk
Soltan accepts the appeal of former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq,
allowing him to contest the presidential race," state news
Shafiq was the last prime minister under autocratic
president Hosni Mubarak
, who was overthrown on Feb. 11, 2011. He
was disqualified on Tuesday after the military council approved
a new law denying political rights to anyone who served as
president, vice president or prime minister in the decade prior
to Mubarak's fall.