Last Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2012 20:50 pm (KSA) 17:50 pm (GMT)

Brotherhood’s candidate, Salafi, Mubarak ex-VP fail in election appeals

Egypt’s presidential election commission has rejected the appeals of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Khairat al-Shater, left, Omar Suleiman, center, Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. (Reuters)
Egypt’s presidential election commission has rejected the appeals of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Khairat al-Shater, left, Omar Suleiman, center, Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. (Reuters)

The commission overseeing Egypt’s presidential election has rejected all the appeals of candidates it barred from the country’s presidential race, including former spy chief Omar Suleiman, Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and Muslim Brotherhood candidate Khairat al-Shater, Al Arabiya correspondent in Cairo reported, citing judicial sources.

The commission said on Saturday it had disqualified 10 of the 23 candidates who had applied to run in the election, which starts in May and is the climax of the transition from military to civilian rule. Those disqualified had 48 hours to appeal.

Abu Ismail was ruled out because his mother held U.S. citizenship, the commission said, though he has fiercely denied this and has accused the authorities of conspiring against him. His blend of hardline Islam and revolutionary zeal has won him an enthusiastic following.

Suleiman, one of Hosni Mubarak's closest aides and his deputy in his last days in power, had been ruled out because he had too few of the voter endorsements candidates are required to present, according to the state news agency.

Shater had been disqualified because of a past criminal conviction. Like many other Brotherhood leaders, Shater had spent time behind bars for his association with a group that was officially outlawed under the Mubarak administration.

The committee also upheld its disqualification of Ayman Nour, a liberal who came a distant second to Mubarak in the 2005 presidential election.

The election has a first round of voting on May 23 and 24, and is expected to go to a run-off in June between the top two candidates. The ruling military council is due to hand power to the new president on July 1.

Other leading candidates are Amr Moussa, the ex-Arab League secretary general, and Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, who was expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood last year when he defied its orders by deciding to run.

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