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Egypt to hold presidential polls first: Interim president
President Adly Mansour announces change to transitional roadmap that will see presidential polls held before parliamentary elections
Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Jan 2014
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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: AP)

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has announced that presidential elections will be held before parliamentary polls -- an amendment to the transitional roadmap.

"I have carried out several dialogues with political groups, which saw a majority in favour of holding presidential elections first," said Mansour in a televised speech on Sunday, adding that he would be asking the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) to open the door for candidates in accordance with Article 230 of the newly approved national charter.

Mansour added that he would oversee the necessary amendments to the political rights and presidential election laws.

The post-Morsi roadmap stated that after a new constitution was approved, it was to be followed by parliamentary then presidential elections.

However, according to the new national charter it is up to Mansour to decide which election comes first, but the second poll must be staged within six months of the constitution's ratification.

Detainees

Mansour said he had urged the prosecutor-general to look into the status of those being detained pending investigation, university students in particular.

After investigations have been finalised, those proven to be innocent will be released, Mansour added.

During a meeting with Mansour last Wednesday, youth activists complained about revolutionaries being defamed and arbitrarily arrested.

Mansour denied any systematic police violence. He also requested a list of those allegedly arrested randomly without charge.

Protests on university campuses have been taking place since the beginning of the academic year in September, but have increased since the beginning of the exam period in December.

Students opposed to the interim authorities and in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have launched demonstrations and called for an exam boycott.

Clashes have led to many deaths. Hundreds of students have been arrested inside and outside campuses in addition to the thousands of people arrested in a broad crackdown on the Brotherhood and its sympathisers.

Terrorism

Mansour's speech came after a string of terrorist attacks in the lead up to the revolution's third anniversary on Saturday.

On Friday, four explosions struck police institutions and checkpoints in Greater Cairo, killing six and injuring at least 80.

"We're determined, both the people and the state, to root out terrorism," he said, adding that extraordinary measures would be taken if needed.

The nation overcame terrorism in the '90s and we will do so again, he vowed.

Mansour said he had requested more judicial chambers be made available for investigations into terrorism-related crimes.

"We will not be merciful or sympathetic [with culprits]. They have abandoned the nation, deviated from true religion and any divine or human principles," he concluded.

Members of several Islamist groups were convicted of terrorism offences during the 1980s and 90s, including Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, currently a leading member of the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy.

At the time, security forces came down hard on Islamist groups, which eventually abandoned violence in the late '90s.





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Elhami Abdou
27-01-2014 01:53am
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THE QUESTION EVERY ONE IN EGYPT NOW IS ASKING
CC.. "Are You the One, or do we look for someone else?"
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Youssef
26-01-2014 08:09pm
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Not good
Parliamentary elections should be held before presidential elections, this will put too much power in the hands of the president for some time.
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Omar Shareef, Zagazig
26-01-2014 07:00pm
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Law and Order
We need president who will enforce law-and-order. General Sisi has declared "Revenge" from the terrorists and failed on long term. These are facts not emotional reaction. Grow up Egyptians.
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Sayed Omar
26-01-2014 06:44pm
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Presidential Election
I support Judge Mansour to run for president. It is about time for Egypt to have a true caring civilian Presiident. My fear is, that if El Sisi become president, all previous security measures, undercover police forces, and brutality of governing will return as it was during Mobarek. Egypt needs a breathing period, where everybody will start to think positive and look forward to a future of hope and be treated as human being again that will exercise and adopt human rights and freedom of expression without being afraid of procesution.
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Moustafa, Helwan
26-01-2014 03:27pm
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My President
I will vote for Mr. Mansour. We need General Sisi for the war against terrorist and smugglers in Sinai. Gaza is the gateway to Egypt since King Tohotmos and should be secured. I suggest to have ministry for military production and other for WAR only.
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Aly Elsayad, Cairo
26-01-2014 03:01pm
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Unemployeds Street Walkers
To solve street protest, create jobs to absorb those young people who have nothing to do other than shouting. Send them to dig a canal or farm land. Allah Kabeer ya walah. LOL DO we have big thinkers in government? I do not think so.
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Um-Zeinab, Cairo
26-01-2014 02:58pm
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New Concpiracy
I agree of having a man at the helm. The US agent, Mr. Morsi, succeeded in exposing the ill-doing of BH. Now, US is using him to split the country. I am disappointed about misunderstanding by our leaders and Ph.D. professors, writers, advocates, etc. they still think inside the BOX. LOL
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bknot1
26-01-2014 04:21pm
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Stop it
Stop putting the U.S. name if your own problems. The U.S. aids the military ..PERIOD..They say the support which every body is ruling to show they will back them as long as them embrace the treaty with Israel, so aid will continue to flow to the Military..PERIOD
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Omar,Tanta
26-01-2014 02:41pm
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Rational Decision
Egypt is like a ship dangerously drifting in heavy seas. we urgently need someone at the helm.
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