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Mohamed Morsi calls Egypt’s parliamentary elections


Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on April 27 and end in June.

A presidential decree said voting would take place in four regional stages, due to a shortage of election supervisors.

Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement hope the election will put an end to increasingly vocal opposition and street protests, analysts say.

The Islamist-dominated parliament was dissolved last June after judges ruled election laws were unconstitutional.

In the last elections, in January 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party won roughly 40% of the vote.

Egypt is deeply divided between Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist supporters and a liberal-led opposition, and has been wracked by unrest, insecurity and an economic crisis.


Tensions have intensified since an Islamist-backed constitution – criticized for failing to protect key rights – was adopted in December.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on April 27 and end in June

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on April 27 and end in June

Thursday’s decree states voting will take place in:

  1. Cairo and four other provinces on April 27-28, with a run-off scheduled for May 4-5
  2. Giza, Alexandria and six other provinces on May 15-16, with a run-off scheduled for May 22-23
  3. Eight provinces on June 2-3, with a run-off scheduled for June 9-10
  4. Six provinces on June 19-20, with a run-off on June 26-27

The new People’s Assembly will be invited to convene on July 6, the decree said.

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