An Egyptian opposition leader is warning the president’s call for parliamentary elections in April will only inflame the country’s political tensions.
Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on his Twitter account Friday that President Mohammed Morsi’s “decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority is a recipe for disaster.”
ElBaradei’s group has already warned it would boycott the vote unless there are talks with the president aimed at real reconciliation. It has also said it will boycott if election laws written by the Islamist-led interim parliament favor Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party.
The Brotherhood has consistently won at the ballot box since Egypt’s uprising two years ago while the mostly secular and liberal opposition has trailed significantly behind.
Egypt’s Islamist president has called parliamentary elections for April in an effort to assuage mounting frustration over continued turmoil on the streets and a political impasse that has gripped the nation.
A decree by President Mohammed Morsi issued late Thursday set the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27, with the last round to be held in June. The newly elected parliament would then convene for its first session on July 6, the decree said. (AP, via Time World)