Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) Wednesday in a surprise move accepted the appeal of Ahmed Shafiq, allowing him back into the presidential race, according to MENA.
Shafiq was barred from
standing for Egypt's top post on Tuesday under the newly ratified
Disenfranchisement Law. On Wednesday, he had announced his intention
to appeal the SPEC's decision.
The motivation of the SPEC|is not yet known.
Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) on Tuesday evening has officially disqualified Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last prime minister, from running in next month's presidential elections.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had ratified late Monday
the Disenfranchisement Law (officially called the Corrupting of
Political Life Law), and sent it for a final vote to Parliament.
An official statement was issued in the state newspaper, Al-Gareeda
Al-Rasmeya on Tuesday morning, thus allowing for the immediate
implementation of the law.
The law was approved last week by the People's
Assembly. The law excludes a number of individuals who served in top
positions in the last ten years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule from entering the presidential race or other public posts for the next five years.