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Youth groups to march to demand Political Disenfranchisement Law

Disparate political groups call for protest march to demand application of 'disenfranchisement' law ahead of Thursday's court ruling on law that could see Ahmed Shafiq disqualified from presidential race

Ahram Online, Tuesday 12 Jun 2012
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The April 6 Youth Democratic Front Movement, youth members of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party as well as Ultras Ahlawy, hardcore football supporters, are calling for a protest march at 6pm on Tuesday in the popular Cairo district of Imbaba to demand the application of the Political Disenfranchisement Law.

More pointedly, the demand is actually seeking to exclude Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, from the presidential race by applying the Political Disenfranchisement Law. According to the law, a limited number of individuals who served in top positions during the last ten years of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak’s rule – including Shafiq – would be ineligible to enter the presidential race or run for public office for the next five years.

Originally, the law had been enacted against Shafiq's presidential bid by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) and he was ruled ineligible. However, Shafiq appealed to the SPEC and they accepted his appeal. The SPEC then sent the disenfranchisement law to the High Constitutional Court, claiming that the law is unconstitutional.

The High Constitutional Court will begin hearing the SPEC's appeal regarding the Political Disenfranchisement Law on Thursday, 14 June.

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