Three Top Runners Barred in Egyptian Presidential Race (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 04/15/12)
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Egypt´s election commission has barred 10 candidates from the
upcoming presidential race, among them the three top runners.
“The commission has disqualified candidates because they do not fill
one or more of the required conditions,” said a statement issued
Saturday to the media.
Former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, appointed by ex-President
Hosni Mubarak as vice president in the dying days of his
administration, is among the candidates nixed from running in the May
The Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) excluded Suleiman
allegedly on the basis of the geographical distribution of the
signatures on his candidacy registration, according to the daily Al-
The regulations call for a candidate´s application to include a
minimum of 1,000 signatures from 15 separate governorates in order to
qualify for the race.
Also barred was formerly outlawed Muslim Brotherhood head Khairat al-
Shater, fielded by the organization after the Islamist group had
vowed not to enter a candidate into the race. Shater, released from
prison in March 2011, was disqualified on the basis of a law stating
candidates can only run for office six years after being pardoned or
freed, PEC official Tarek Abul Atta told the AFP news agency.
Conservative candidate Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail was also
disqualified, according to the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper. The
commission barred Ismail because his mother holds a second
nationality – his mother had been a U.S. citizen -- a violation of
electoral rules, Atta said.
Newspapers are expected to publish a complete list of the
disqualified candidates within the next day or two.
The candidates were given 48 hours to appeal the decision, handed
down by five senior judges. There is no higher court.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/15/12)
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