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Shafiq presidential campaign: We will go to court if disqualified

The campaign team of former airforce chief and long-time Mubarak minister, Ahmed Shafiq, says they will take the matter to court if he is barred from the presidential race

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Apr 2012
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Former airforce chief and long-time Mubarak minister, Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahmed Shafiq's official presidential campaign team has issued an urgent statement on his official Facebook page that they will go to court if Shafiq is excluded from the presidential race after the disenfranchisement law has been enacted.

The state official newspaper (El-Gareeda El-Rasmiya) published on Monday evening the 'Disenfranchisement law' making it official law after it was signed by the ruling military council earlier in the day.

The Corruption of Political Life Law, more commonly known as the 'Disenfranchisement Law', which was discussed and approved last week by the People's Assembly, stipulates that a limited number of individuals who served in top positions in the regime of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak during the last ten years of his reign would not be eligible to enter the presidential race set for May of this year, or run for public posts for five years.

The law, which comes two days before the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) issues the final list of eligible presidential candidates on 26 April, could lead to the elimination of former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq from the race for the country's highest office. However, the law would not apply to presidential candidate and former Mubarak minister of foreign affairs Amr Moussa who left his post in 2001.

The SPEC annouced that it will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the implementation of the new law.

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