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Egypt Bars Mubarak’s Former Prime Minister From Election

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s election commission disqualified former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq from the presidential election scheduled for next month, making him the 11th candidate to be pushed out of the race.

Shafiq was barred after a law passed yesterday that prevents top officials of former President Hosni Mubarak’s administration from running for office for 10 years, state-run Middle East News Agency reported. Former Arab League Secretary General Amre Moussa, who served as foreign minister under Mubarak, can still run.

The former premier joins the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief nominee, Khairat el-Shater, and Salafi lawyer-turned-cleric Hazem Abu Ismail on the list of disqualified candidates. The May 23 race is now down to 12 nominees.

Protests from the Brotherhood over the now-failed presidential bid by Omar Suleiman, Mubarak’s longtime intelligence chief, helped create the new law. The group claimed Suleiman’s candidacy was part of a plan to recreate the old regime, a charge the military council denied.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was informed of the election commission’s vote on Shafiq, who was appointed prime minister in the ousted administration’s final days and left the post weeks later, according to MENA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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