Egyptian court rejects law on multiple-candidate presidential elections

Egyptian court rejects law on multiple-candidate presidential elections

[JURIST] Egypt's Higher Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a new law that would have allowed more than one person to run for president is unconstitutional. The proposed change, seen as an important political reform, was ordered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [JURIST report] in February 2005, passed by the Egyptian parliament [JURIST report], and finally approved by popular referendum [JURIST report] in late May. A number of opposition groups had opposed the law [JURIST report], saying that associated regulations imposed too many strictures on candidates who did not have the support of members of Mubarak's National Democratic Party. The court's official ruling in the case is expected later this week. UPI has more.