Mubarak’s last premier given poll go-ahead

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CAIRO: Ahmed Shafik, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, got the green light to continue his bid for Egypt’s presidency yesterday when a constitutional court ruled against a law that would have thrown him out of the race.

In a further setback for his Islamist opponents, the court also declared that some rules in the post-Mubarak parliamentary election that handed control to Islamists were unconstitutional.

The head of the court said the lower house would have to be dissolved.

That could draw an angry response from supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest winner from the overthrow of Mubarak, who repressed the movement for decades.

A presidential run-off vote between Shafik and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy takes place tomorrow and Sunday.

The rulings prompted clapping and dancing among Shafik supporters at a Cairo event where he was due to speak.

But outside the court by the Nile, protesters threw rocks at hundreds of troops and state security conscripts who were guarding the building, which was sealed off by rolls of barbed wire. Some of the security forces began unloading dozens of boxes of teargas canisters.

The court threw out a law passed by the Islamist-dominated parliament in April that denied political rights to anyone who held a senior post in government or ruling party in the last decade of Mubarak’s rule. – Reuters


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