Suleiman appeals disqualification from Egypt race

By OREN KESSLER
April 16, 2012 19:07

Omar Suleiman joined two other Egyptian presidential candidates Monday in filing appeals against election commission orders disqualifying them from next month's long-awaited race.

The commission said Suleiman - a longtime intelligence chief under deposed president Hosni Mubarak - was barred from running because he had not accumulated enough voters' signatures to register. Suleiman's team gathered 49,000 signatures in 15 provinces - more than the 30,000 needed - but the commission said he had 1,000 votes too few in one province.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater and the even harder-line Islamist Hazem Salah Abu Ismail also filed appeals Monday. Their applications came two days after they and eight other candidates were informed of their ineligibility to run.

In an interview published Saturday in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Saba'a, Suleiman warned that Israel would view a Muslim Brotherhood president in Cairo as an enemy. “I suspect Israel thinks Egypt has become one of its enemies,” he said. "Israel regards the Sinai Peninsula as insecure, and believes Egyptian territory is being used for rocket launching. Israel may therefore consider returning to secure borders."


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