Egypt refers ban on presidency candidates to court

By REUTERS
April 19, 2012 18:31

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers have asked the constitutional court to rule on whether top officials from Hosni Mubarak's era can run for the presidency, a judicial source said on Thursday, after the Islamist-dominated parliament passed a law banning them.

Last week's new law must be passed by the ruling military council to take effect.

MPs drafted the legislation in response Mubarak spy chief Omar Suleiman's decision to run for the presidency. Suleiman has since been disqualified on the grounds that he failed to secure enough voter endorsements to run.

The legislation, if approved, could disqualify former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq - in power during Mubarak's last days.

The Supreme Constitutional Court is expected to issue its ruling within 15 days. A minister in the army-appointed government last week described the law as "a deviation" that targeted one or two people.

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