‘Egypt votes dates cancelled’
Iran Press TV
Thu Mar 7, 2013 9:2PM GMT
Egypt's Supreme Election Committee has canceled dates for the upcoming parliamentary votes, after a court in the North African country suspended elections, state television says.
“The Supreme Elections Committee decided to stop the decision that set the dates for the parliamentary elections,” the television said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, an administrative court issued an order suspending the country’s parliamentary elections, scheduled to start on April 22 . The court said that the Supreme Constitutional Court, the country's upper house of parliament, must review the law organizing the votes.
On February 21, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree declaring the election process would happen in four stages beginning in April and ending in late June.
On February 23, a prominent Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called for a boycott of the African country’s parliamentary votes. ElBaradei likened Egypt’s legislative poll to the “sham democracy” of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.
“[I]called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, will not be part of an act of deception,” the Nobel laureate Tweeted.
This is while, unrest, insecurity, and an economic crisis are plaguing the North African country. The country is deeply divided with opposition groups accusing the president of trying to monopolize power, a claim Morsi denies.
Egypt's ruling military council formally announced the dissolution of the first elected parliament last June following a Supreme Court ruling. The court said one third of the parliamentary seats were "illegitimate."
Last year, Morsi also issued a constitutional declaration that sweepingly expanded the Egyptian president’s powers. The president rescinded the decree after thousands of Egyptians protested against it.
Egyptians launched a revolution against Mubarak’s regime in January 2011, which brought an end to over three decades of dictatorship by him in February 2011.
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