Authorities in Egypt disqualify three leading presidential candidates

Three of the top candidates for president in the upcoming elections have been disqualified from running by the election commission. CSM: The disqualifications add to the drama of a transition punctuated by spasms of violence and now mired in bitter political rivalries between once-banned Islamists, secular-minded reformists, and remnants of the Mubarak order. Farouk Sultan, head of the presidential election commission, told Reuters a total of 10 of the 23 candidates had been disqualified from the race. They have 48 hours to appeal. Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the Salafi, was disqualified because his mother held US citizenship, the state news agency reported, confirming previous reports fiercely denied by the Islamist, who says he is the victim of a plot. Abu Ismail's lawyer, Nizar Ghorab, told Reuters he expected "a major crisis" in the next few hours. The Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater was also among those disqualified on Saturday. His spokesman said he would...(Read Full Post)

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