MPs call for early elections in April
Mostafa El-Naggar initiative calls for presidential elections ahead of military council's schedule, says MP Sunday
Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Jan 2012
MP and Al-Adl Party member Mostafa El-Naggar announced an initiative Sunday adopted by several parliamentarians calling for earlier than scheduled presidential elections, directly following parliamentary polls due to end in February.
The initiative, according to El-Naggar, calls for April presidential elections with the nomination window opening late February. The ruling military council announced late last year that the nominations process would begin mid-April following Shura Council (parliament’s upper house) elections.
El-Naggar ensured that several MPs together with the Mesrena (Our Egypt) movement will release a statement Sunday adopting this initiative. The Mesrena movement had already released a statement calling for a more accelerated timetable. The movement said it will be coordinating with other political groups as well as presidential candidates adopting this campaign.
The campaign comes as part of a broader movement calling for an end to military rule and a quick handover of power to a civil government. Other activists are proposing that power immediately transferred to the recently elected People’s Assembly (parliament’s lower house) on 25 January until presidential elections.