ELECTION TO REPLACE MUBARAK NOW IN TURMOIL / Names taken off ballot seen as attempt to remove Muslim Brotherhood candidate (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) om Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin WASHINGTON 04/17/12)
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WASHINGTON – The disqualification of three top political candidates
in the coming elections in Egypt has thrown the process into turmoil,
according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The political situation also suggests an increasing effort by the
military to influence the outcome of the presidential elections
scheduled for late May.
The Supreme Presidential Election Commission disqualified and had
removed from the ballot the three top candidates – Omar Suleiman,
former intelligence chief under deposed Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak; Khairat Shater, representing the Muslim Brotherhood; and
Hazem Salah abu Ismail, representing the Islamist fundamentalist
Salafi al-Nour party.
While each candidate was removed for different reasons, they have the
right to appeal the determination of the election commission, which
was created following the ouster of Mubarak by the Supreme Council of
the Armed Forces.
The final list of eligible candidates will be published on April 26.
With SCAF continuing to guide the process through the election
commission, it gives resonance to growing concerns raised last week
by Egyptians in Washington to G2Bulletin that the military ultimately
plans a takeover of the presidency reminiscent of the 1952 military
coup by then Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser, who became president four years
In turn, Nasser was succeeded by another military officer, Anwar el-
Sadat, and upon his assassination he was succeeded by Mubarak. He had
been air chief marshal and later served as vice president under Sadat.
The concerns for Egyptians in Washington over the military’s
manipulation were echoed by Murad Muhammed Ali, campaign spokesman
for Shater, of the Brotherhood. “We will not give up our right to
enter the presidential race,” he said. “There is an attempt by the
old Mubarak regime to hijack the last stage of this transitional
period and reproduce” a system influenced by the military.
Ali added that the disqualification of the candidates was directed by
the interim military leadership of the SCAF, who he said is trying to
undermine Egypt’s revolution and reconstitute the Mubarak regime.
The SCAF supposedly is to hand over the reins of government to the
next elected president on July 1. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
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