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Egypt to announce election date by end-Sept

Ruling military council member says first vote since Mubarak exit will take place by the end of 2011

Egypt to announce election date by end-Sept
Protests continue in Egypt. (Getty Images)

Egypt will
announce a date for parliamentary elections before the end of September,
Major General Mamdouh Shahine, a member of the ruling military council,
said.

The first
legislative vote since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in
February will take place before the end of the year, Shahine told
reporters on Wednesday in Cairo.

They will be held in three phases, each
separated by 15 days, he said. The military council will hand over
authority to an elected president, he said.

The
elections, originally due in September, were postponed on July 13 in an
attempt to appease protesters who have camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
for almost two weeks.

Many activists had called for delaying the vote,
saying holding elections so soon would benefit established forces such
as the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of the young protesters who
were the main driver of the revolt.

Prime
Minister Essam Sharaf made changes to his Cabinet in response to the
ongoing protests in central Cairo. The changes didn’t include the
Ministers of Justice and Interior, the two responsible for speedy
prosecution of Mubarak-era officials and restructuring of the police
force.

The sit-in is the longest since the one that lasted 18 days and
culminated in the departure of Mubarak on February 11.

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