Court decides not to hear appeal of banned Mubarak MP
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CAIRO: The Administrative Judicial Court decided Sunday to abstain from looking into an appeal of a verdict banning a former member of Hosni Mubarak‘s Parliament from running in new elections, Al-Shorouq reported.

The court stated the case falls out of its jurisdiction, following a lawsuit filed by lawyer Nabil Louka, who argued the initial court decision was also issued by a non-specialized court, the Court of Urgent Affairs. Louka added that the verdict was also unconstitutional because it prevents citizens from practicing their political rights, in addition to the “nonsense” of banning three million former MP’s because “a few were corrupt,” Al-Fajr reported.

The banning decision was issued earlier in May this year. The Parliament had a majority of members of the ruling National Democratic Party, which had been dissolved following the January 25 Revolution of 2011. Public opinion was also not in favor of the members, whom it was believed abused their power and used close ties to the president and his family to achieve personal interests.

Now that parliamentary elections are to be announced, some politicians fear the “return of the NDP.” Mohamed Abdul Ghany, a member of the Revolutionary Youth Coalition, argued that their presence “means a step back from the revolutions of Jan. 25 and June 30,” in statements to Al-Wafd in May.

Political parties have not yet completed their list of candidates who are going to run for the upcoming elections, because no law organizing constituencies has been issued yet by the High Parliamentary Elections Committee, which has not announced the date of the elections either.

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