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The Supreme Constitutional Court will begin considering controversial changes to the Political Rights Law on 14 June, court spokesperson Maher Samy said.
Parliamentary amendments to the law, also known as the Political Isolation Law, would strip top-level Mubarak officials of their political rights for 10 years.
The law would apply to anyone who served as vice president or prime minister during the last 10 years of former President Hosni Mubarak's tenure, as well as those who served as president, secretary general or on the two leading secretariats of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party. The changes have not been implemented because of questions about their constitutionality.
When the bill was approved by the military council in April, the Presidential Elections Commission excluded Shafiq from the race, but then accepted his appeal against the decision.
Samy told state-run news agency MENA that during the 14 June session, the court also plans to consider a constitutional challenge regarding an election law.
The Supreme Administrative Court in February referred the law regulating the People's Assembly and Shura Council elections to the Supreme Constitutional Court based on its judgment that allowing political parties to vie with independents for individual seats could be unconstitutional.
The SCAF issued the law in July 2011, stipulating that half of the People's Assembly seats would be elected from a single-winner system and the other half from a list-based system.
But in September, it amended the law to allocate one-third to individual candidates and the rest to party lists and banned political parties from competing for individual seats. The following month yet another SCAF amendment reversed the earlier decision and allowed political parties to field candidates for individual seats.