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"El Watan" publie le dernier sondage portant sur les "tendances" concernant les prochaines élections présidentielles et législatives

 

كيف يرى المصريون رئيسهم المقبل؟. ماذا يريدون ويتوقعون منه؟. ما السمات الشخصية والفكرية التى -حسب آرائهم- يجب أن يكون متمتعاً بها؟. وهل يوجد فى مصر أصلاً من تتوافر به كل تلك الصفات والمهارات؟

أيضاً كيف سيختار الناخبون نواب برلمانهم؟. وما النسبة المتوقعة للمشاركة فى الانتخابات الرئاسية والبرلمانية المقبلة؟

كل تلك الأسئلة يجيب عنها استطلاع الرأى الذى أجراه مركز استطلاعات وبحوث الرأى العام بجامعة مصر للعلوم والتكنولوجيا حول «تصورات واتجاهات الرأى العام نحو سمات وأولويات نواب الشعب ورئيس الجمهورية المقبل»، وهى الإجابات التى تنشرها «الوطن» لأهميتها الشديدة فى تحديد «البوصلة» أمام الجميع بالكشف عما يريده المصريون فى المستقبل.

>> الانتخابات الرئاسية والبرلمانية: 66% «يشاركون».. و14% «يقاطعون»

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Egypte: la présidentielle aura lieu avant les législatives

Egypte: la présidentielle aura lieu avant les législatives | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Alexandre Buccianti

La majorité des partis laïcs égyptiens, de gauche et de droite, ainsi que les mouvements de jeunes comme Tamarrod avaient fait campagne pour que l'élection présidentielle ait lieu avant les législatives une fois la Constitution adoptée.
Leur argument était que « les législatives divisaient alors que la présidentielle unifiait ». Seuls les salafistes et quelques partis du centre avaient objecté avant de se plier à la volonté de la majorité.
L’Egypte comprend aujourd’hui plus de 80 partis politiques, nés pour la plupart après la destitution de l’ex-président Hosni Moubarak. Des partis faibles et n’ayant pas de vraie présence sur le terrain. Des partis qui craignaient que ce qui reste des Frères musulmans et du Parti national démocrate de Moubarak ne profite des législatives pour revenir sur le devant de la scène politique.
Un amendement qui signifie que le ministre de la Défense, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, doit rapidement se prononcer sur sa volonté ou pas d’être candidat à la présidentielle. Une candidature que réclamaient samedi les manifestants place Tahrir.

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Student union electoral system reflects a highly politicized process

As Egypt’s student union elections reach their end, independents and opposition groups have achieved surprising victories against the veteran Muslim Brotherhood student movement. But a flawed electoral system, critics say, has led to an overly politicized process, which has lent itself to partisanship, effectively alienating university student bodies. (...)

Campus politics has seen broader nationwide political struggles play out in recent student elections, reflecting broader tensions rather than localized student politics, and paving the way for radical political changes in the country’s future. University students believe there is much to be learned from the success of anti-Brotherhood movements on campus.

Student success in creating coalitions and shaking the Brotherhood’s tight grip on student unions further reflects a disparity between the student opposition and the broader political opposition, which continues to fail in electorally challenging the Brotherhood.

Opposition groups have repeatedly demanded the postponement of parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago, arguing, among other things, that the political climate was not conducive to elections or that more time was needed to form competitive parties.

The oppositional umbrella group, the National Salvation Front, decided to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections due to what it described as the lack of guarantees to conduct free and fair elections.

“The same conditions existed in the student unions elections,” Sarhan says.


Mai Shams El-Din / Egypt independent

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Morsi 'expects' Egypt elections in October

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Egyptian parliamentary elections could begin in October, six months later than originally planned, state news agency MENA has reported President Mohamed Morsi as saying.

Morsi said he expected the new parliament to convene before the end of the year, MENA reported on Wednesday.

The president had called a four-stage parliamentary election starting in late April but the plan was thwarted by a court ruling that overturned his decree calling the vote.

Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, had already announced it would boycott the April vote - expressing doubts over its transparency - and demanded a new electoral law.

Under the original plan, the new parliament would have convened in early July. Morsi was addressing the Egyptian community in Doha, where he is attending an Arab summit.

AlJazeera

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201332763757170309.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

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Muslim Brotherhood students lose ground in Egypt's university elections

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Upon the conclusion of student elections at Egyptian universities nationwide, the emergence of political forces other than the Muslim Brotherhood represents a fresh addition to the burgeoning student movement.
This month's elections are the first to include two factors absent for decades from Egypt's university scene: no state intervention and broad participation. State Security had been known to interfere with student activity during ousted president Hosni Mubarak's term, while last year's elections were boycotted by several political forces.
Poll results, carried out over several stages starting at the base of the student body in each faculty before proceeding to the election of representatives for every faculty and each university thereafter, revealed a strong presence of students affiliated to different political parties and movements.


Osman El Sharnoubi - El-Ahram, via Aswat Masriya

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Administrative Court looks into elections database forgery

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Part of a case alleging 14 million names on the voters’ database were forged was heard in the Administrative Court on Tuesday.

Ibrahim Kamel, a former Member of Parliament, said 14 million names had been added to the database of Egyptian voters.

Kamel appeared on air with talk show host Ibrahim Eissa on Sunday night. He claimed that someone accessed the original voter database at the Ministry of Interior and added names to the list before returning it to the ministry.

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Election uncertainty to negatively effect Egypt’s economy: Standard Chartered

Election uncertainty to negatively effect Egypt’s economy: Standard Chartered | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mohamed Salah | Daily news Egypt

 

The uncertainty over the timing of the parliamentary elections and their outcome will likely have a negative effect on Egypt’s economic activity, concluded a recent Standard Chartered report.

This diminished activity will increase the need for the country to seek multilateral sources of funding, although the political volatility will in turn weaken the country’s ability to secure this funding, the report also said.

 

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Egypt's Brotherhood secures 27% in student elections

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The Muslim Brotherhood won 27 percent of the total number of seats in Egypt’s student union elections, said its spokesman Ahmed Aref, explaining that the group had run for 50 percent of that amount. 

“We ran for 4,931 out of the 9,680 seats and not 100 percent of the seats and we succeeded, thanks to God, and secured 2,653 seats which is more than half the seats (54 percent) that we ran for,” Aref said in a post on his official Facebook page on Thursday. 

The spokesman accused opposition forces of spreading false information to distort the image of the Brotherhood’s popularity.

Opposition leaders, Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabahi, had both congratulated students for electing independent and liberal candidates. 

 

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Unprecedented fraud in the voters’ database

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The Egyptian anchor Ibrahim Eissa revealed in his talk show “Hona Al Kahiera” a disastrous discovery; which is a fraud in the voters’ database in Egypt.

According to a study done by Dr.Heba Gouda the statistical expert, she found a lot of things that doesn’t make sense, as she found around 9 million voters either having their names repeated or doesn’t exist at all, in only 6 voting circles, she found 700 votes registered in more than one electoral commission and in various governorates.  With extinctive analysis for the birth dates, she found in some cases the age of the son exceeds his mother by 16 years, and in other cases the mother was expected to give birth at the age of 56 years old or even older.

 

This text is from El-Masry El Youm

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Brotherhood party says opposition's boycott shows failure

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Media spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Mourad Aly, said on Sunday that the opposition's threats to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections only show failure to reach the people. 

The four-stage elections will begin on Monday, April 22, ending in early June. 

"I  do not see any justification for the opposition to boycott elections, which will be conducted under complete judicial supervision, the watch of the entire world and media outlets that are watching Islamist forces closely, but in fear for the world to be confronted with its real popularity on the ground," Aly said.  

The National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt's main opposition coalition that groups a number of political party including Mohamed ElBaradei's, had announced its intention to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections unless conditions it had listed are met.

The Front had requested an unbiased government and guarantees for the transparency of the elections.  

The Popular Current, led by opposition figure Hamdeen Sabahi, who is also a member of the NSF, had also officially announced that it would boycott the elections.  

 

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Thousands demonstrate in Egypt against Mursi

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Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in several cities on Friday to demonstrate against President Mohammed Mursi, while opposition groups slammed his decision to call for parliamentary elections on April 27.

In Port Said hundreds demonstrators called for justice for protesters killed by Egyptian police, as a strike in the Suez Canal city entered its sixth day.

 

Protesters chanted against President Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood, while slamming the interior ministry it accuses of having killed at least 40 people in clashes with police last month.

Most factories and government offices were closed during the week, witnesses said, and expected to stay shut after the Muslim weekend of Friday-Saturday.


There were also scattered protests in Alexandria, while a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was muted as a sandstorm enveloped the capital.(...)

Boycott decision

The National Salvation Front (NSF), which groups a number of parties opposed to the Islamists, said it would hammer out its stand on the elections.

 

More on: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267782.html

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Presidency considers amending date of parliamentary elections

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Egypt's state-owned channel Nile News aired on Saturday that the presidency is considering amending the date of the parliamentary elections because it conflicts with the Coptic holidays.

President Mohamed Mursi announced on Friday that the elections would be held on April 27.

A number of political forces have criticized setting a date for elections during political and economic crises.

 

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Divided Egypt opposition attacks Mursi on election call

Divided Egypt opposition attacks Mursi on election call | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's opposition attacked President Mohammed Mursi on Friday for calling elections during a national crisis, but face a test of unity in challenging Islamists who have won every poll since the 2011 revolution.

No sooner had Mursi called the parliamentary polls on Thursday than liberals and leftists accused him of deepening divisions between Islamists and their opponents. Some threatened to boycott voting which starts on April 27th and finishes in late June.

Voting is held in stages due to a shortage of election monitors and Mursi's choice of dates upset the Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the population.

AlKalema, a Christian Coptic group, criticized the presidency for setting the first round to fall on the community's Easter religious holiday. (Reuters)

 

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Égypte. Un Président avant trois mois

Égypte. Un Président avant trois mois | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it


Par Pauline Garaude
Dans son café internet, à quelques encablures de la Place Tahrir, Ahmed, qui a toujours son poste de télévision allumé, prend brutalement la télécommande et passe sur une chaîne de sport. « Je ne veux pas l'écouter ! » lance-t-il, parlant du président par intérim, Adly Mansour, qui doit annoncer en direct sa feuille de route. « Tout est déjà connu d'avance » s'énerve-t-il. « Avec un référendum sur la Constitution où seuls ceux qui étaient pour sont allés voter, le général Sissi a eu 98 % de "Oui". Et dans la foulée, il va annoncer la présidentielle et sa candidature. Comme ça, il n'aura aucun obstacle et on va revenir à une période encore pire que sous Moubarak. » Ahmed appartient à ces 62 % d'Égyptiens qui ne sont pas allés voter pour la Constitution, qui ne veulent pas du général al Sissi ni du retour au pouvoir de l'armée, et sont aujourd'hui des voies dissidentes contre le régime répressif qui reprend de sa superbe. Il n'est pas un activiste libéral acharné mais « un citoyen d'Égypte qui veut la liberté d'être et d'opinion, la justice et la démocratie dans son pays » comme il aime se définir. (...)
Pour Mahmoud Mansour, politologue à l'Université d'Alexandrie, les jeux sont déjà faits. « Que la présidentielle ait lieu avant les législatives jouera en faveur du général al Sissi, car il n'a aucun candidat face à lui, et le laps de temps est trop court pour permettre à un autre leader de s'imposer. Le contexte est trop répressif pour qu'une troisième voix puisse s'exprimer. Le seul qui a osé se présenter contre al Sissi est le nassérien, Hamdine Sabahi, qui a fait l'objet d'une campagne de diffamation systématique. Le libéral et diplomate Amr Moussa a annoncé qu'il ne se présenterait pas si al-Sissi se présentait et Mohammed El Baradei est, lui, discrédité depuis sa démission suite à la répression sanglante du 14 août dernier contre les Frères musulmans. Cela laisse donc la voie entièrement libre à l'armée pour reprendre les rênes du pouvoir ».

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Egypt’s Mursi Could Call for Early Vote: Justice Minister

Egypt’s Islamist president could call for early presidential elections if he feels he has failed in running the country, though such a step would be ill-timed at present, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki said in a televised interview.

The comments came as Mekki said on the independent Al-Hayat satellite channel that, to his credit, one of the positive steps taken by President Mohamed Mursi’s ousted predecessor,Hosni Mubarak, was leaving his office.

Asked if Mursi had a similarly positive attribute and would consider such a step, Mekki said it was an option if the president “feels he has failed in administrating the state, but this isn’t good.”

 

Tarek El-Tablawy & Salma El Wardany / Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-07/egypt-s-mursi-could-call-for-early-vote-justice-minister.html

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Egypte: le président table sur des législatives en octobre

Egypte: le président table sur des législatives en octobre | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi a indiqué tabler sur des élections législatives en octobre, a rapporté mercredi l'agence officielle Mena, après un report du scrutin décidé face à des défis légaux et politiques majeurs.

M. Morsi, qui s'exprimait devant la communauté égyptienne à Doha, où il a assisté au sommet de la Ligue arabe, a indiqué qu'il s'attendait "à ce que les élections législatives se déroulent en octobre et que le Parlement siège d'ici la fin de l'année", a indiqué la Mena.

La chambre haute du Parlement, que exerce temporairement le pouvoir législatif, a approuvé tard mardi une loi électorale. Ce texte doit être examiné par la plus haute instance juridique du pays avant ratification.

Les élections législatives étaient initialement prévues en avril, mais un tribunal administratif a ordonné son annulation, estimant que M. Morsi avait ratifié la première loi électorale sans la faire valider par le Cour suprême constitutionnelle, comme l'exige la Constitution.

 

AFP, via TV5 Monde

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FJP: Refusing Elections, Opposition Willing to Burn Egypt in Alliance with Thugs and Criminals

Dr. Murad Ali, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) media adviser, said: "The crimes committed Friday, assaulting and terrorizing girls at FJP headquarters, and the obvious alliance with and use of thugs reveal that protests by certain opposition parties have nothing to do with disputes over articles of the constitution or election laws.
"Some people want to burn Egypt because they realize fully well they cannot achieve any victory through elections, and because they have neither the intention nor the inclination to offer serious programs or development projects. Their program is to drag the country into violence and destruction, their project is to thwart any attempt of development. All they do is pour insults, curses and obscenities."

 

Ikhwan web
 

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Independent students win all student union seats at Cairo university

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Results of the student union elections at Cairo University, one of Egypt's state universities, has revealed that independent students, who do not specifically belong to any political group, secured all the seats of the union's council board (14 seats).

Independent students also secured 56 percent of seats on the second level of elections in each faculty, whereas those who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood won 17 percent of the seats.

 

Aswat Masriya

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Les étudiants disent non aux Frères musulmans

Les étudiants disent non aux Frères musulmans | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Les élections des syndicats d'étudiants ont infligé un camouflet aux candidats islamistes. Une leçon pour les mouvements d'opposition, estime un ancien député et éditorialiste renommé.

(...)

Le tremblement de terre provoqué par les forces prorévolutionnaires à l'université se répercutera sur toutes les élections à venir en Egypte. C'est un puissant message que les étudiants envoient à l'opposition impuissante qui préfère fuir l'affrontement au lieu de proposer une alternative politique aux Frères. Ces étudiants arriveront sur le devant de la scène et ne se déroberont pas. Ils feront au contraire gagner les objectifs de la révolution.


Al-Shourouk, via Courrier international

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Brotherhood leader says Egypt's opposition will participate in elections

Brotherhood leader says Egypt's opposition will participate in elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Helmi Al-Gazzar, said on Saturday that the Party will only acquire a simple majority in the upcoming elections, not an absolute majority, pointing that the Brotherhood's popularity has not been affected by media attacks.

Gazzar believes that the FJP will form a coalition government after acquiring the majority of parliament seats, he said in an interview with a local newspaper.

The prominent leader of the Brotherhood's Party said that Egypt's Salvation Front are about to pronounce their participation in elections.

He added that the Shura Council's (upper house of the parliament) decision to draft a new law for elections comes from their wish not to postpone the elections.

"The Freedom and Justice Party insists on running the elections per capita, it only accepted to apply the electoral lists under pressure and to bring about consensus," Gazzar said.

Gazzar accused the "anti-revolution businessmen" of being the reason behind the turn of peaceful protests into violent clashes.

The Brotherhood's leader added, "Three state institutions must be distanced from political affiliations and only belong to the bodies they represent; the police, the army and the judiciary."

 

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Égypte : le tribunal administratif du Caire ordonne l'annulation des législatives

Égypte : le tribunal administratif du Caire ordonne l'annulation des législatives | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La justice administrative égyptienne a décidé, le 6 mars 2013, d'annuler le décret pris par le président Morsi  et de renvoyer la loi électorale devant la Haute cour constitutionnelle pour examen. Les élections législatives prévues le 22 avril 2013 sont de ce fait annulées.

La justice administrative égyptienne a décidé, le 6 mars 2013, d'annuler le décret pris par le président Morsi et de renvoyer la loi électorale devant la Haute cour constitutionnelle pour examen. Les élections législatives prévues le 22 avril 2013 sont de ce fait annulées. Selon le président Mohamed Morsi, les élections législatives devaient mettre l'Égypte « sur le chemin de la stabilité ». 

La décision d’annuler ces élections aux motifs que la loi électorale ne respectait pas la Constitution, met le pouvoir islamiste dans l’embarras. La précipitation du président à publier son décret, sans attendre l’avis définitif de la Haute cour explique, cette décision. (Jeune Afrique)

 

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Tagamoa Party to boycott parliament election

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Tagamoa Party announced on Sunday that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary election called by President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday. 

The four-stage election will begin on Monday, April 22, ending in late June, paving the way for the new House of Representatives to convene for the first time on Saturday, July 6. 

In a statement on Sunday, the party called on all national and democratic forces to boycott the election along with voters. 

The party said that it will ask leaders of the National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, to adopt the boycott stance, stressing on their commitment to any decision made by the Front.

The party criticized what it described as “the persistence of the (Muslim Brotherhood’s) guidance office and its representative in the federal palace (President Mohamed Mursi) to challenge all popular demands to implement serious conditions to guarantee the transparency of the election.”

The party accused the Brotherhood of deliberately blocking any possibility of international supervision by rushing through announcing the election's schedule, pointing that international supervision requires presenting a request three months prior to vote. 

 

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Nour Party demands guarantees for free and fair elections

Nour Party demands guarantees for free and fair elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A meeting will be held between the presidential council and the supreme body of the Nour Party Sunday, after which the party will decide whether or not it will compete in House of Representatives elections in April, said party spokesperson Nader Bakkar.

Bakkar said in a press statement that the party has concerns over the announced date of the elections, saying that different political parties should have agreed on the timing before elections were announced by the presidency.

Nour Party Secretary General Galal Morra also said on Saturday that political parties must work together to decide on standards and mechanisms to ensure the integrity of the elections.

Morra stressed that the party is striving for a healthy political climate where impartial and transparent elections can take place, calling on political forces to work to achieve the political stability necessary for free and fair elections.

Edited translation from MENA (Egypt independent)

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President may change election dates after outcry from Copts

President may change election dates after outcry from Copts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The president's office is considering modifying the date of the parliamentary elections due to their coinciding with Coptic Christian holidays, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

The agency quoted sources within the president's office saying that several senior figures from the church had demanded the dates of the elections be changed from 27-28 April and 4-5 May.

Bishop Morcos, a senior figure in the Church, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that  holding the first round on a Christian holiday would "affect the percentage of [Coptic] votes."

President Mohamed Morsy had issued a presidential decree Thursday evening saying that elections for the House of Representatives, the newly created lower house of Parliament, would be held in four stages. However, the first two stages on 27 and 28 April coincide with the beginning of Holy Week and Palm Sunday, while the runoffs scheduled for 4 and 5 May conflict with Holy Saturday and Easter, according to Rafiq Gereish, head of the Coptic Catholic Church’s media office.

Other Coptic activists have slammed Morsy over the timing of the elections, describing it as a deliberate move to exclude Copts from the electoral process.

Coptic Christians, comprising about 10 percent of the country’s 83 million people, have long complained of official discrimination, and have also reported a spike in sectarian attacks since former President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in early 2011. (Egypt independent)

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ElBaradei calls for boycott of parliamentary elections

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said he would boycott the upcoming parliamentary polls, refusing President Mohamed Morsi’s call for elections.

The National Salvation Front and Dostour Party leader  said on his twitter account that he had “called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, [we] will not be part of an act of deception.”

In 2010 ElBaradei called for boycotting parliamentary elections under former President Hosni Mubarak. The result was that Mubarak’s National Democratic Party gained over 98 percent of seats, casting doubt on the state’s commitment to democracy. Mubarak was ousted two months later in a popular revolt.

The National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular parties and groups from across the political spectrum, called Morsi’s decision “disastrous” through its spokesperson Khaled Dawoud.

“The Front considers this decision disastrous, it is leading the country to the brink. We need a competent, neutral cabinet to run elections and deal with the many crises facing the country,” Dawoud said on the Telt Al Talata talk show Friday night.

He added that Morsi failed to provide any guarantees that the elections would be free and fair and that the NSF is leaning towards boycotting the elections, with an official announcement set to be made either Sunday or Monday.

NSF leaders have been threatening to boycott the elections for a while now, insisting their participation hinged on Morsi meeting their demands, which included dismissing Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s cabinet and appointing a “national salvation” neutral cabinet to run the elections.

The opposition had also called on Morsi to postpone the elections, saying the country is not ready yet, demanded he remove Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah whom he appointed unilaterally in November alongside the formation of a constitutional review committee tasked with suggesting amendments to controversial and disputed articles of the newly adopted constitution. (Daily news Egypt)

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/02/23/nsf-to-boycott-parliamentary-elections/

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