CAIRO — An Egyptian court banned, on Tuesday, May 6, the leaders of ex-president Hosni Mubarak's party from running in any coming elections they did not list any names, drawing complaints about a lack of clarity that could blunt the move's impact.
Mubarak's National Democratic Party won all elections during his 30-year rule, mostly by rigging outcomes, marginalizing any credible challengers and suppressing dissidents. It was dissolved in 2011 after the Jan. 25 uprising.
But Egypt's democratic transition since has run aground, critics say, by the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood after the army's ouster of freely elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and broad crackdown on Islamist and liberal opposition.
A presidential election to be held this month is widely expected to be won by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, from the same military establishment which has dominated Egyptian politics for six decades.
Sisi said in his first televised interview on Monday that the Muslim Brotherhood, which won all five elections since Mubarak's ouster, was "finished" and would cease to exist if he becomes president.
In his ruling against Mubarak-era officials, Judge Karim Hazem did not spell out the number, names or titles of those affected, prompting opposition accusations of ambiguity that could end up allowing some candidacies from the old regime.
Tuesday's case was brought to court a few months ago by a liberal lawyer. Judicial sources said the judge was unable to name the officials that the ruling would be applied to and left that task to the elections committee.