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Parliamentary polls to be held before end of March, says El-Sisi

The exact date still has not been set for Egypt's long-awaited legislative elections

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Nov 2014
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meets with US businessmen, Monday 10 November (Photo: Egyptian presidency handout)
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Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a meeting with a delegation of American businesspeople on Monday that Egyptian parliamentary elections will take place before the end of March 2015.

The statement is the closest estimate given by an official regarding the date of the polls, which has been shrouded in mystery for quite some time.

A statement by presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said El-Sisi mentioned that the third objective of Egypt's transitional roadmap, following a new constitution and presidential elections, "will be achieved before the International Economic Summit which Egypt will host in the first quarter of 2015."

The delay of a date for elections was criticised by politicians and observers who have argued the delay is unconstitutional; Egypt's January 2014 constitution says electoral procedures for parliamentary elections must commence after 6 months following the constitution’s ratification.

The meeting included representatives from the Egypt-US Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.

Egypt Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab attended the meeting along with many members of cabinet including the industry and trade, planning, investment, electricity and renewable energy and petroleum ministries.

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ayman
11-11-2014 07:04pm
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Not a problem
The political scene is not yet ready for parliamentary elections. This will give more time for the parties to prepare and for the government to put in place well written laws that will reduce the risk of the parliament being dissolved after its election.
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Sherif Shehata
11-11-2014 12:08am
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Egypt needs to a new faces with a new vision for Egyptians future. All I see the same old faces from President Nasser regime, President Mubarak Regime...etc. This people done nothing to Egypt for longtime. Let us to say one of the truth Corruption. The time is coming to give young people a chance because they are Egypt Future. Egypt has a lot's of Professional can take responsibility for any action and to move the country forward. All the world knows politics is dirty Business. All we needs to be honest and to do our jobs right. God save Egypt.
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Anwar Mustafa
10-11-2014 11:17pm
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Does he mean March, 2050?
He should hold elections fast...the Islamists are once again dominating the scene.
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Allen
11-11-2014 05:37pm
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Dominating what scene...?
Dominating the scene of crimes, and planting bombs to harm Egyptians, is not a path to Parliament in spite of what your brotherhood masters told you.
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