April 15 - Egypt's elector commission bars 10 people from running in the country's upcoming presidential election, including three leading contenders, sparking fears of violence. Andrew Raven reports.
The news is dominating headlines in Egypt. On Saturday, 10 candidates in the country's upcoming presidential election were disqualified by an electoral commission. The dramatic turn has cast a shadow over the May poll, which was supposed mark the climax of Egypt's transition to democracy after decades of autocratic rule. On the streets of the capital Cairo, the disqualifications sparked conspiracy theories and fears of violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN MAN, ASHRAF OMAR, SAYING: "The story is over. And I think the consequences will not be that peaceful. It will be bloody." The presidential poll is the last step in what has been a tumultuous, year-long march to democracy for Egypt, whose former president was driven from office last year in massive street protests. Among those barred from running in the May vote were three top contenders for the country's highest office. There was Omar Suleiman, the country's former spy chief and presumed favourite of the Egypt's military, which has run the country for the last 13 months. Two leading Islamist politicians - Khairat al-Shater and Hazem Salah Abu Ismail - were also barred. Their dismissal leaves 13 people still in the race. Andrew Raven, Reuters