Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ten Egyptian candidates barred from elections

Khairat al-Shater
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Khairat al-Shater had been expected to do well at the polls
Egyptian election officials have barred 10 candidates from standing in upcoming polls, including former spy chief Omar Suleiman and the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater.

Ultra-orthodox Salafi Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and long-standing opposition leader Ayman Nour were also banned.

The banned candidates have 48 hours to appeal. Thirteen candidates remain.

Correspondents say the move comes as a surprise and looks set to dramatically alter the race.

Read more (BBC News)

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