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PEC upholds bans on all 10 presidential hopefuls

By Reuters CAIRO: Ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency including Hosni Mubarak’s spy chief, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a Salafi preacher lost appeals against disqualification from the race, two sources on the committee overseeing the vote told Reuters. “All appeals have been rejected because nothing new was offered in the appeal requests,” a member …


Salafi, Mubarak ex-VP fail in election appeals

By Ali Abelatti / Reuters CAIRO: The commission overseeing Egypt’s presidential election has upheld rulings disqualifying eight candidates including former spy chief Omar Suleiman and Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper said on Tuesday. The panel has yet to decide on appeals lodged by two other candidates including the Muslim Brotherhood’s …


Candidate bans may ease rancor of Egypt vote

By Tom Pfeiffer and Yasmine Saleh / Reuters CAIRO: A move to exclude some of the more divisive contenders from Egypt’s presidential election may help moderate candidates seen as better able to forge the consensus many believe can foster a peaceful transition to democracy. Two prominent Islamists — one a hardline Salafi sheikh, the other …


Top contenders fight to stay in presidential election

By Agencies CAIRO: Three top contenders for Egypt’s presidency were scrambling to stay in the election race after the authorities disqualified them on technical grounds, prompting one to say that a “major crisis” threatened the landmark vote. The election is seen as the last step to democracy after more than a year of unstable army …


Appeals against candidates processed amid calls for Friday demonstrations

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The Presidential Election Committee began Thursday to consider objections presented by candidates over the eligibility of fellow contenders, as political powers called for a million-strong demonstration Friday to protest the nomination of members of the former regimes and law clauses giving the PEC legal immunity. On Wednesday, the committee said it received …


Court recuses itself in Al-Shater presidential qualification case

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The court looking into the qualification of Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat Al-Shater to contest the presidency recused itself on Wednesday. “We demanded that the case be considered by another court because the presiding panel of judges announced its views on the case,” Muslim Brotherhood lawyer Sobhy Saleh said. According to Saleh, the …


Court adjourns hearings of 3 presidential hopefuls’ qualification

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: An Administrative Court adjourned Tuesday appeals related to the validity of three presidential nominees’ candidacy to an exceptional session Wednesday morning to submit the required documents. Ultraconservative Islamist hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit to oblige the interior ministry to provide documents proving his mother does not hold the US …


Egyptian court stops opposition figure from presidential run

By AFP CAIRO: An administrative court in Egypt on Saturday blocked opposition figure Ayman Nour from running in next month’s presidential election, the official news agency Mena reported. The court ruled him out under the terms of a law disqualifying anyone who had been jailed for a six-year period following the end of the sentence …


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