Top Mubarak partisans banned from running

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned senior members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party of ousted president Hosni Mubarak from running in upcoming parliamentary elections, a judicial source said.

An Egyptian man on horse cart rides past a huge banner for Egypt's former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo. Picture: Mohamed Abd El Ghany. Credit: REUTERS

A court disbanded the NDP shortly after Mubarak was forced out in 2011 but former members were expected to try a political comeback in elections to be held before year end.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated all elections after Mubarak's ouster, has been blacklisted and crushed by police following the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Tuesday's order by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters was a temporary injunction ahead of a final ruling, which may take months or even a year.

The court did not immediately release the legal basis of the ruling.

In the past, the constitutional court has ruled as unconstitutional laws enacted to prevent former NDP members from standing for elected office.

Tahany al-Gebali, a former constitutional court judge, told AFP “the ruling is not final, and it could be subject to an urgent appeal.”

Last month, another court banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running.

Interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab was a senior member of the party under Mubarak. - Sapa-AFP