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Aryeh Deri cannot run for mayor of Jerusalem, a court ruled.

The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday rejected the request by the former chairman of the fervently religious Shas Party to declare him eligible.

A 1999 conviction for crimes involving moral turpitude and a prison sentence prohibits Deri from holding public office until mid-2009 without court intervention or a presidential pardon.

The “cooling-off period” of seven years was not put into place until after Deri’s prison term of 22 months began.

Deri is not expected to appeal to the High Court.

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