Egypt lifts bar on ex-ruling party members in vote

November 14, 2011 19:07


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CAIRO - A top Egyptian court on Monday overturned a decision barring members of president Hosni Mubarak's former party from standing in a parliamentary election that starts later this month.

A lower Egyptian court in the Delta city of Mansoura ruled on Friday to ban members of former National Democratic Party (NDP) from running, setting off a string of lawsuits nationwide aimed at removing such candidates from the race.

"Depriving (anyone) of taking up their political rights is an attack on rights that are protected and guaranteed in the constitution," said a document detailing the verdict of the Higher Administrative Court, presided by Judge Magdy el-Agaty.

Backers of the candidates, who were former members of the now disbanded party, cheered the decision at the crowded court, chanting: "God is the greatest." Some waved pictures of candidates.

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