Banning Mubarak-era Ahmed Ezz from running in parliamentary elections upheld
Ahmed-Ezz - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz’s appeal against barring him from running for the parliamentary elections was rejected Thursday, Youm7 reported.

Ezz, who was a prominent figure of the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak, failed to provide a bank account that he is able to manage, due to a ruling by the Illicit Gains Authority. Thus, Ezz did not meet a condition of the High Elections Committee.

The successful businessman appeared on TV Tuesday, explaining his desire to participate in the development of the country from a legislative position.

Other than the bank account issue, Ezz was legally entitled to run for the elections, as all his convictions were canceled. A retrial, however, is expected after the Cassation Court accepted a challenge by Ezz’s defense.

Egypt’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for March; the parliament’s term is five years. The country’s 2012 parliament, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi Nour Party, lasted for about six months, until the Constitutional Court ruled the election was unconstitutional.

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