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Friday, July 22, 2011

EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION-II?: Egypt to have elections in October!


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PTI / The Hindu / CAIRO, July 21, 2011.

A child walks on graffiti supporting victims of January 25th uprising at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. File photo
A child walks on graffiti supporting victims of January 25th uprising at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. File photo - AP.

Egypt will go for new general elections in October, the country’s military council has announced, but has barred international monitors to observe the upcoming polls, designed to move the nation back to civilian rule.
The Council said that preparations for the elections to the Lower and Upper Houses would be completed by September and voting will begin “30 days later” in three stages, Al Arabiya news channel reported.
“The exact poll dates for the Parliamentary elections, the first since January 25 uprising, would be announced after September 18,” General Mamdouh Shaheen, a ruling Council member told reporters here.
The General who outlined the new poll laws said barring foreign monitors was necessary step to protect Egypt’s sovereignty, a decision which was swiftly criticised by thousands of activists staging a renewed sit—in at the Tahrir Square, who said it would raise doubts about the transparency of the process.
“We have nothing to hide,” the General claimed, but we reject anything that affects our sovereignty.


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