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Egypt rejects appeals against election panel decisions

English.news.cn   2014-03-22 22:24:54

CAIRO, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour rejected on Saturday proposals by political parties to allow judicial appeals against the decisions of the presidential election commission, official MENA news agency reported.

"The presidency stressed that these recommendations cannot be approved due to the circumstances of the ongoing transitional period," MENA quoted the president's constitutional adviser Ali Awad as saying.

Controversy went on in Egypt over the past few weeks about article No.7 of the newly-issued election law which immunizes the decisions of the election panel against challenges.

Some politicians, including leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy, described the article as "unconstitutional" and others referred to it as "disfigurement of democracy."

Those against the law argue that the protection of the panel violates article No. 97 of the newly-approved constitution that prohibits immunizing any administrative act or decision against judicial review.

Since the law was approved, Egyptians have been waiting for military chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to officially announce his presidential bid, with a lot of voices calling on him to join the race.

Sisi's popularity has mounted since he ousted the country's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi last July in response to mass protests.

Editor: yan
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