Suleiman campaign halts activities after exclusion, Shater proceeds

News article, posted 04.16.2012, from Egypt, in:
Suleiman campaign halts activities after exclusion, Shater proceeds (Photo: AP)

Former spy chief Omar Suleiman has announced his presidential campaign would be put on hold following an official decision excluding him from the race, while the campaign backing the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Khairat al-Shater, said it would proceed in spite of the decision.

The Presidential Elections Commission announced on Saturday the exclusion of Shater and Suleiman, along with eight other potential candidates, for various reasons.

On his Facebook page, Suleiman said he would freeze his campaign activities until the Presidential Elections Commission decides on his appeal. The commission had said that citizen endorsements collected by Suleiman to allow him to run did not fulfill the requirement for geographical distribution.

Independent candidates are required to gather 30,000 notarized signatures from citizens of 15 separate governorates, with no less than 1,000 signatures from each.

In a statement, Suleiman's campaign expressed its commitment to the commission’s decisions. Its members urged backers to send notarized endorsements to the campaign headquarters, and requested the Justice Ministry provide the campaign with copies of its endorsements, other copies of which they claimed were lost when the campaign was attacked by unknown assailants.

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