Egyptian court affirms fairness of 2012 presidential election

Giza criminal court upheld on Sunday a previous ruling that stipulated that the 2012 presidential election that brought Mohamed Morsi to power in Egypt was fair, according to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.

The lawsuit dates back to 2012 when the former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq filed a complaint alleging that the Egyptian Election Committee rigged the outcome in Morsi’s favour.

Shafiq, who was the last prime minister during the era of the ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, complained that some ballots were rigged in certain constituencies.

Recently, Member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Tarek al-Kholy told local media that a recent request by British parliamentarians to visit Morsi in prison represents an “unacceptable interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.”

Morsi was ousted by the military in 2013 following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule. He has since faced trial on a host of charges, including espionage and conspiring with foreign groups.

Egypt has also cracked down on Islamists since 2013, holding thousands in prisons, as well as secular and liberal activists.

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