An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon casts her ballot at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut
An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon casts her ballot at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 11. Egypt's administrative court on Saturday ruled that this month's presidential election should be held on time, overturning a lower court's ruling, judicial sources said. © Anwar Amro - AFP/File
An Egyptian expatriate living in Lebanon casts her ballot at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut
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Last updated: May 12, 2012

Egypt court says election to be held on schedule

Egypt's administrative court on Saturday ruled that this month's presidential election should be held on time, overturning a lower court's ruling, judicial sources said.

A provincial administrative court had ordered the suspension of the election on Wednesday, saying the electoral commission chief had overstepped his mandate by calling for the May 23 and 24 vote.

The judicial sources could not immediately give the reasoning behind Saturday's decision.

The run-up to the election has been drama-filled with repeated legal twists and turns that have kept the Arab world's most populous nation on edge.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after a popular uprising ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, has vowed to hand over to civilian rule once a president has been elected.

The main candidates running include former Arab League chief Amr Mussa, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi and former Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh.

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