The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt’s fragile democratic gains are under threat, after a surprise court ruling overturned last year’s parliamentary elections.
Egypt could see “dangerous” days ahead if power is returned to those linked to the previous regime, it said.
The group’s candidate, Mohammed Mursi, faces ex-PM Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff presidential election this weekend.
Voting in the run-off for Egypt’s landmark presidential election over Saturday and Sunday should have marked the final stage in the country’s tumultuous democratic transition following last year’s popular uprising.
Instead two decisions made by the Supreme Constitutional Court have thrown the political scene into a new state of flux and confusion.
A political exclusion law passed by the new parliament barring many former government figures from running for office was deemed invalid.
Had it been upheld, Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister, would have had to drop out of the presidential race in which he faces the Muslim Brotherhood contender, Mohammed Mursi.
“The message of this historic verdict is that the era of political score settling has ended,” Mr Shafiq jubilantly told his supporters gathered in a hotel on the outskirts of Cairo.
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The future president, most probably Shafiq, will now have a free hand to rule in the absence of the parliament”
Mustafa Kamal al-Sayyid
Cairo University professor
Another court ruling dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament produced by what were widely seen as free and fair elections that took place between November and February.
Ref: BBC UK