Egyptians Rally to Reject and Ban Candidacy of Mubarak-Era Individuals
14 Apr 2012 16:09
Source : Rohama
Rally called by Muslim Brotherhood backs parliamentary moves to ban former officials from running for presidency.
Bfnews: Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets in support of parliamentary legislation that bans former top officials from the regime of Hosni Mubarak from the right to run for office in the next 10 years.
The Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis, rallied their supporters Friday in the capital's Tahrir Square.
The legislation, passed on Thursday, is subject to approval by the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the military council which has been running the country since Mubarak was toppled.
The move comes after Omar Suleiman, Mubarak's former vice-president and chief of intelligence, launched his bid to become the country's next head of state.
Khairat El-Shater, the presidential candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood, has denounced Suleiman's attempt to make a political comeback, likening it to an attempt "to steal the revolution" and warned it could spark huge street protests.
"It really is a pretty festive atmosphere, and there's also a lot of anger at the protest," said Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reffering to the protest in support of parliament's legislation.
"They're telling us that if Omar Suleiman, the former vice president, and Ahmed Shafik, the former prime minister, are allowed to run, and indeed if they win, they will stage another uprising.
"There's a lot of feeling that the revolution has not ended because the main aim of the revolution was to get rid of the regime, not just to get rid of Hosni Mubarak," our correspondent said from Cairo.
Liberal and secular groups also do not wish to see the return of Mubarak-era figures, but they stayed away from Friday's protest.
They have instead called a demonstration on April 20 to protest at what they see as "Islamist" monopolisation of political life in the country since the revolt.