Egypt's election commission rejected the appeals of the most polarizing contenders for Egypt's president: Egypt's ex-spy and Mubarak's henchman Omar Suleiman, Muslim Brotherhood chief strategist and ex-criminal Khairat el-Shater and Abu Ismail, a lawyer turned hard-line preacher turned politician.
Is this part of a political maneuvering by the army? Have no idea. But if it was, then this is the best move the army took since the uprising. I imagine the response by the Salafis will be "crazy angry", the Muslim Brotherhood will focus on "revenge by striking more deals behind closed doors" while Suleiman will have a drink.
So, now the race is officially between Amr Mousa and Aboul Fotouh. Both changed their positions so many times over the years and are considered by their supporters as anti-establishment (strange and illogical but this is how their supporters think).
Will the presidential elections take place? I'd say most probably. Who'll win? My money is on Mousa.
Image: Painting by Taha Alkorany