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Egypt: Law Drafted to Ban Members of Mubarak’s Regime from Running in Presidential Race

(Apr. 16, 2012) On April 10, 2012, the legislative drafting committee of the People's Assembly approved a bill prohibiting individuals who worked closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of the former ruling party from running in the upcoming presidential race or holding top government positions. The draft law will amend the Presidential Elections Law by adding a provision that excludes members of the former ruling party from holding the positions of President, Vice President, Prime Minister, or Government Minister for ten years.

The committee approved the retroactive application of the law and identified specific individuals who will be targeted by this law. Those individuals are: former Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, and former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa. (The Legislative Committee Approves Law Banning Omar Sueliman from Running in the Presidential Race [in Arabic], AL ARABIYA (Apr. 10, 2012).)