Islamists rally in Cairo against ex-regime candidates for presidential race

Islamists rally in Cairo against ex-regime candidates for presidential race

Cairo : Egypt | Apr 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM PDT
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Islamists rally in Cairo against ex-regime candidates for presidential race

Thousands of Egyptians from Islamist movements took to the streets in Cairo to protest against former allies of ousted President Hosni Mubarak running for president.

Egypt’s parliament led by Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday ratified a law that will not allow members of the ousted Mubarak regime from standing for public office.

The law, after being approved by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), will disqualify members of the former regime, including ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s intelligence chief Omar Suleiman and former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq from running in the upcoming presidential elections. But it does not apply to former ministers, however, like Amr Moussa, who has long headed the Egyptian foreign ministry before becoming Secretary General of the Arab League.

According to Reuters news, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist supporters waved the group’s green flag and the red, white and black Egyptian national colors.

“The people demand the fall of the regime,” they chanted, a slogan used during the anti-Mubarak uprising. “Down, down with military rule,” they chanted. They also sang the national anthem.

The protesters also chanted, "Israel is safe with Suleiman," and expressed anger over the presidential bids of two other candidates, Amr Moussa and Mubarak’s last premier, Ahmed Shafiq.

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Demonstrators protest against the return of former Mubarak-era official Omar Suleiman to public life. Friday 04/13/2012
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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