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Egypt approves 10 poll candidates
Poster of President Hosni Mubarak
Mubarak is not expected to face a serious challenge in the election
Egypt's electoral commission has approved 10 candidates for the country's first contested presidential election in September.

Twenty applicants were rejected, a commission statement said. The rejected applicants have 48 hours to appeal.

A final list of candidates is due to be announced on Saturday.

The approved list includes President Hosni Mubarak, who is seeking a fifth term, and opposition candidate Ayman Nour of the al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Party.

The others candidates approved by the electoral commission are:

  • Numan Gumaa, Wafd Party
  • Ahmed Awad Allah, Umma Party
  • Mamduh Qinawi, Constitutional Party
  • Osama Shaltut, Solidarity Party
  • Kamal Kasbah, Social Justice Party
  • Ibrahim Turk, Democratic Union Party
  • Rifaat al-Agrudi, National Concord Party
  • Wahid al-Uqsuri, Egypt Arab Communist Party

    Correspondents say the dominance of Mr Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) over the media and its entrenched party machinery means that there is little chance of Mr Mubarak being unseated.

    Poll boycott

    A constitutional amendment approved in a referendum in May this year allows multi-candidate presidential elections for the first time in Egypt.

    Previously, Egyptians have only been able to approve or reject a candidate appointed by parliament, which is dominated by the NDP.

    Opposition parties have said the reform does not go far enough as election regulations severely restrict independent candidates and overwhelmingly favour the NDP.

    Two leading opposition parties, the Nasserist and al-Tagammu parties, have boycotted the election.

    The Islamic Brotherhood, believed to be the most popular party in Egypt, has not fielded a candidate. The party is officially banned, but often tolerated by the authorities.

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