Cairo - The group overseeing Egypt's presidential election on Wednesday accepted an appeal by former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq against his disqualification as a candidate, allowing him back into the race.

“The presidential electoral committee headed by Farouk Soltan accepts the appeal of former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, allowing him to contest the presidential race,” state news agency MENA reported.

Shafiq was the last prime minister under autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown on February 11, 2011.

He was disqualified on Tuesday after the military council approved a new law denying political rights to anyone who served as president, vice-president or prime minister in the decade prior to Mubarak's fall. - Reuters