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Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Egypt to hold parliamentary elections in April

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Egypt is set to hold parliamentary elections starting on April 27 in several stages, according to an announcement made by Mohamed Mursi’s presidential team on Thursday.

Parliamentary elections which will be completed in four stages nationwide. They are set to start April 27 and finish in late June.

The four stage election will take place first on April 27-28. Then on May 15-16, June 2-3 and 19-20, with runoffs taking place one week after each stage, according to the official decree released by the president’s spokesman.

Earlier on Thursday, the upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, agreed to amend the elections law based on changes proposed by the High Constitution Court, state-run Al Ahram website reported.

These will be the first elections since Egypt’s highest court dissolved the lower house of parliament last June ruling it invalid. The upper house, the Shura Council, has continued to meet.

The election comes at a time when Egypt is faced with a struggling economy, unrest, uncertainty and a country deeply divided between Mursi’s  Islamist supporters and a liberal-led opposition.

The election comes after the adoption in December of an Islamist-backed constitution, condemned by the opposition and characterized by international rights groups as “inconsistent” with international laws and treaties.

Meanwhile, a number of opposition groups have announced plans to stage anti-government demonstrations on Friday.

According to Al-Ahram the demands of the protesters include holding President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood to account for their crimes against Egyptians and the immediate release of detained political activists.

 

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