Egypt’s election commission disqualified 10 presidential hopefuls, including the country’s ex-spy chief and key Islamists, from running in a surprise decision that threatened to upend the already tumultuous race.
Farouk Sultan, the head of the election commission, said that those barred from the race included Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman, Muslim Brotherhood chief strategist Khairat el-Shater and hardline lawyer-turned-preacher Hazem Abu Ismail. No reason was given.
The announcement came as a shock to many Egyptians as three of the 10 excluded were considered among the frontrunners. They now have 48 hours to appeal against the decision, according to election rules. The final list of candidates will be announced on 26 April.
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