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January 21, 2022

Mohamed Morsi sets date for Egyptian elections

ElBaradei calls for vote boycott, poll date moved.

Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, has called parliamentary elections that will began on 27 April and finish in late June, a four-stage vote that the Islamist leader hopes will conclude the country’s turbulent transition to democracy, The Guardian reports.The vote will take place in a country deeply divided between the Islamist parties that have come out on top in all elections held since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 and a more secular-minded opposition that has struggled to organise itself.The Islamist-led administration hopes the election of the new parliament will help stabilise Egypt so an economy in deep crisis can start to recover from the spasms of unrest and violence that have punctuated the transition.The new parliament will convene on 6 July, according to a decree issued by Morsi just before midnight on Thursday. Earlier in the day the Shura council, the upper house of parliament, adopted an electoral law as amended by the constitutional court, clearing the way for Morsi to set the date for the lower house election.According to Deutsche Welle, Egypt’s liberal opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei has called on Saturday for a boycott of elections called by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The timing of the elections has been changed after complaints from Christians. Former UN nuclear watchdog chief ElBaradei rejected Morsi’s call for elections, writing on his Twitter account that “boycotting this election is the fastest way to expose fake democracy and confirm our credibility.”

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