Egyptian Ex-PM Reinstalled as Presidential Candidate

April 25, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Egypt’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was reinstalled on Wednesday as a candidate in the country’s upcoming presidential elections. On Tuesday, Shafiq had been banned from taking part in the elections by the country’s military rulers, but won an appeal Wednesday, according to the BBC.

He had been banned for being a member of former President Hosni Mubarak’s government, which was ousted last year following mass protests and a subsequent military takeover.

The Al-Ahram daily reported that Shafiq was disqualified because of a new law, which states that officials who had served in Mubarak’s government in the past 10 years cannot run for the nation’s highest office.

The move came just a few days before the country announces its final list of candidates.

Two prominent Islamist politicians, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater, and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who were also banned from running, have lost their appeals.