Egypt’s parliament approved a law that excludes former senior officials of the Hosni Mubarak regime from the presidential race. The law aims to prevent the former chief of intelligencefrom participating in the vote.
The law bans the candidacy of anyone who has also served as Prime Minister during the 10 years preceding the fall of Hosni Mubarak (February 11, 2011), which is the case of another candidate, Ahmed Shafik, the former air force commander, who took over the government during the uprising of January 2011.
It does not apply to former ministers, however, like, who has long headed the Egyptian foreign ministry before becoming Secretary General of the Arab League. The first round of presidential elections is scheduled on 23 and 24 May.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is to lead a Cairo demonstration Friday to press its demand that Mubarak's ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman be banned from standing for President in May’s elections.
Omar Suleiman served as the chief of Egypt's General Intelligence Department for 18 years, and the former Vice President was registered as one of the presidential hopefuls last week.
Moreover, asccording to Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies reported that more than 30% of voters would support the former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa as Egypt`s new president.
The salafist candidate Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail came second with 28.8% of support while Aboul Fotouh came in third place with 8.5%.
Egypt's presidential election committee closed the presidential race registration on Sunday, with a total of 23 candidates in the race, including one Christian, the chief of the electoral commission said.