'Disenfranchisement Law' ratified by SCAF

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Apr 2012

Parliament's proposed 'Disenfranchisement Law' is signed by military council two days before deadline for final eligible presidential candidates; former Mubarak prime minster Shafiq could leave presidential race

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (Photo: Reuters)

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) ratified late Monday the Corruption of Political Life Law, more commonly known as the 'Disenfranchisement Law', and sent it for a final vote to parliament.

The 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.

The approval, which comes days before the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission issues the final list of eligible presidential candidates on 26 April, could lead to the elimination of former Mubarak prime minister from the race for the country's highest office.



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