Egypt’s Parliament unanimously passed a bill Thursday that aims to ban former members of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s regime from running for president for 10 years.
If approved, the measure would mean that one of the most controversial contenders in the nation’s upcoming presidential election would be ineligible.
The nation’s constitutional court will have the final say.
Ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman is among the candidates vying for the presidency in two-day elections that start May 23.
Suleiman entered the race just hours before the Sunday deadline, said Hatem Bjato, who heads the nation’s election committee.
Suleiman, who also served as vice president under Mubarak, had initially said he would not seek the presidency. But on Friday, he did an about-face, saying he felt obliged to supporters.
His candidacy has sparked controversy.
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a “million-man” protest in Tahrir Square on Friday against the nomination of former members of Mubarak’s regime, including Suleiman and Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister.