Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq is to be allowed to stand in the country’s presidential race after his appeal against disqualification was upheld.
Shafiq was the last prime minister to serve under deposed President Hosni Mubarak. As such according to a new law he should have been denied his political rights. However the electoral committee has decided to accept Shafiq’s appeal.
Although no reason was given, analysts believe it was to avoid further appeals that might have delayed the elections set for late May.
As an ex-airforce commander Shafiq’s re-entry into the race is likely to make him a favourite among the military.