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Imelda Marcos on Wednesday called her disqualification from running for Congress an effort to prevent her family from reclaiming political power.

The widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos said the decision to disqualify her was "harassment, persecution and injustice" and part of a "campaign of hate and vilification" against her family. Her husband was toppled in a popular uprising in 1986. He died in exile in Hawaii in 1989."It is part of the overall strategy of my political adversaries to delay the inevitable: the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses," Marcos said.

Her son, Rep. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., is running for the Senate.

On Monday, a government election panel disqualified Imelda Marcos from running for the House of Representatives in a district in her home province of Leyte in the central Philippines.

The panel said she had not lived there long enough. The law requires candidates to live in their districts for at least a year before Election Day, which is May 8.

She said she would appeal the decision.