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Egypt court says no change to election

2012-05-12 20:15

Cairo - Egypt's administrative court on Saturday ruled that this month's presidential election should be held on time, overturning a lower court's ruling, judicial sources said.

A provincial administrative court had ordered the suspension of the election on Wednesday, saying the electoral commission chief had overstepped his mandate by calling for the 23 and 24 May vote.

The judicial sources could not immediately give the reasoning behind Saturday's decision.

The run-up to the election has been drama-filled with repeated legal twists and turns that have kept the Arab world's most populous nation on edge.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after a popular uprising ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, has vowed to hand over to civilian rule once a president has been elected.

The main candidates running include former Arab League chief Amr Mussa, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi and former Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh.