Thursday, 21 October 2010

President Mubarak sets parliamentary elections date

President Hosni Mubarak has set a date for Egypt's parliamentary elections. According to state run Mena news outlet the elections are to take place on 28th November. For the first time in Egypt's history 64 seats in the 518-member chamber have been created exclusively for women.

Some have called on Egypt to boycott the elections, saying they will most likely be rigged, but Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has said it will take part in the November elections.

Many members of the MB have been arrested in the run up to next months vote seen as a test of government restrictions on political opponents before a 2011 presidential election. It is yet unclear whether Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for three decades, will stand for a sixth term in office.

Source: BBC News

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