Egypts valgkommisjon har diskvalifisert tre av favorittene i det kommende presidentvalget. Både Brorskapets kandidat, Khairat el-Shater, salafisten Ismail og tidligere etterretningssjef Omar Suleiman er utelukket.
Det er en gjennomgripende handling som gjør valget helt uforutsigbart.
Egypt’s election commission on Saturday disqualified 10 presidential hopefuls, including the three front-runners, from running in a surprise decision that threatened to upend the already tumultuous race.
Farouk Sultan, the head of the Supreme Presidential Election Commission, told The Associated Press that those barred from the race included Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman; the chief strategist for the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat el-Shater; and hard-line lawyer-turned-preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. He did not give a reason.
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I’d say the country’s dysfunction has reached comical levels except that 81 million human beings live there and have to put up with whatever happens.
The announcement came as a shock to many Egyptians as three of the 10 excluded were considered among the front-runners. They now have 48 hours to appeal the decision, according to election rules. The final list of candidates will be announced on April 26.