31 August 2014

Egypt: Court Dismisses Appeal On Mubarak-Era Politicians' Ban From Elections

Cairo — The Administrative Court said on Sunday it lacks the proper jurisdiction to rule over banning leaders of the National Democratic Party of former President Hosni Mubarak to run for parliamentary elections.

An Egyptian court annulled on July 14 a previous ruling banning Mubarak' party leaders from running for the coming elections.

Sunday's court decision upholds that NDP members can still run for elections.

The annulment came in response to an appeal made by the Mubarak-era politicians who were banned from running for parliament last May.

Mubarak, who was ousted in February 2011 in response to mass demonstrations, is standing trial over allegations that include the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 25 uprising that toppled him.

An administrative court dissolved the NDP in April 2011 after the headquarters of the party was set ablaze by anti-Mubarak protesters a few months earlier.

The Alexandria Urgent Matters Court banned on April 15 Muslim Brotherhood members from running in the coming elections.

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