Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has overturned the ruling that barred senior members of the government of former President Hosni Mubarak from standing for re-election.
The decision now clears the way for Mubarak’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik to stand in Saturday’s run-off for the presidency against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy.
The court also declared void one third of the parliamentary seats won in the first post Mubarak election dissolving parliament and paving the way for a fresh vote:
Outside the court Egyptians expressed their preferences:
“Ahmed Shafik must be excluded. The court’s decision was not fair. There’s an ongoing story written by the military council and the elections are the last chapter,” said disgruteld voter:
“I will vote for Morsy he is a good man. What will Shafik do for us. We have been living in misery for decades,” said another.
Mohamed Morsy urged Egyptians to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court.
Our correspondent in Cairo says:
“The decision of the Constitutional Court to dissolve one third of the national assembly and the Shura council will stop politics on the eve of the presidential election to further complicate Egypt’s political crisis.”