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Polls: Egypt's ex-PM reinstated to run

2012-04-26 12:00

Cairo - In a surprise move, Egypt's election commission has reinstated deposed leader Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister in the presidential race, a day after disqualifying him.

Ahmed Shafiq was disqualified after the Islamist-dominated parliament passed a law barring former senior officials from the Mubarak regime from running for office.

On Wednesday, the commission referred the law to the constitutional court, and it reinstated Shafiq.

Shafiq is popular among supporters of Mubarak and Egyptians who fear the domination of Islamists. He will compete for voters supporting another secular candidate, front-runner Amr Moussa, a former Arab League chief.