Court OKs Mubarak PM's Run, Dissolves Parliament

Despite legislation banning old regime figures from running for office
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 8:14 AM CDT
Updated Jun 14, 2012 9:17 AM CDT
Campaign posters supporting Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, hang above a popular market in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 12, 2012....   (Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Big election-related news out of Egypt: Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister is still in the presidential race, but all of parliament is out on its head. Legislation had barred former regime figures from running for office, but today's ruling gives Ahmed Shafiq the green light to engage in a weekend runoff against Mohamed Morsi, reports the AP. No such good news for members of parliament. The court ordered it dissolved, saying a third of the legislature was elected illegally earlier this year.

As a result, it says in its explanation of the ruling, "the makeup of the entire chamber is illegal and, consequently, it does not legally stand." New elections will have to be held. (Read more Ahmed Shafiq stories.)

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