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Egyptian presidential candidates barred

Editor’s note: Just as in the US, the establishment hand picks the presidential candidates in “post-revolutionary” Egypt.

Al Jazeera [1]
April 15, 2012

Election officials in Egypt have barred some of the leading candidates from running for president.

The list includes several high profile names, such as Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, and Omar Suleiman, Hosni Mubarak’s former vice-president and intelligence chief.

Hazem Abu Ismail, the candidate representing the ultra-conservative Salafi al-Nur party, has also been barred, as has Ayman Nour, a prominent opposition leader.

Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo.