Egypt’s military ruler has signed a law barring officials from Hosni Mubarak’s government from running in next month’s presidential election, raising questions about the candidacy of one of the 13 remaining candidates in the race.
The country’s election commission is to hold an emergency meeting today on the measure, the state-run Al Ahram gate website reported today, citing commission Secretary-General Hatem Bagato.
Bagato declined to comment in a telephone interview today on whether the decision would affect the candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, one of the 13 politicians whose nomination bid was previously approved by the commission.
Shafiq, who briefly served as prime minister last year, entered the race before the law was drafted or approved, and his disqualification could inject new unease into a vote that has already seen tensions flare with the barring of three of the leading and most controversial candidates, including Suleiman, on various electoral technicalities.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi yesterday approved the measure, passed by the Islamist-dominated parliament’s lower house, that would bar officials who held senior posts under the former government from running for the presidency, the vice presidency or holding the premiership until 2021. The announcement was carried late yesterday on the state-run Middle East News Agency.
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