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Egypt's President Mansour calls for meeting over new elections law

Meeting at presidential palace with Egypt's top political figures hopes to reach agreement over law's most contentious points

Gamal Essam El-Din , Tuesday 11 Mar 2014
Adli Mansour
Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has called for an urgent meeting on Wednesday with top political figures to reach a consensus on a newly issued law governing the country's upcoming presidential elections.

The 60-article law, issued by Mansour on Saturday, has drawn criticism from several political forces, most notably for an article rejecting appeals of the election's results, which some have labeled as "unconstitutional."

The meeting on Wednesday at Ittihadiya presidential palace will try to reach an agreement on the law's most contentious issues, said Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, head of the liberal Reform and Development Party (RDP), who will be attending the talks with Mansour.

El-Sadat said that the meeting is "a good step" and proof that Mansour wants to listen to more viewpoints regarding the law's final draft.

"I think that if President Mansour finds that there must be a new change for the law to gain consensus, he will not hesitate to adopt it," El-Sadat said.

The backlash over the elections law highlights an emerging divide in Egypt's current political climate, with opposition figures speaking out against what they say is the interim government's failure to uphold the ideals of the 2011 uprising.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Nasserist politician and 2012 presidential contender Hamdeen Sabbahi said that the law's article 7, which prohibits appeals, "violates" the recently amended constitution and presents a setback to Egypt's democratic hopes.

Sabbahi has announced he will contend the 2014 presidential elections alongside Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, widely expected to win the popular vote although he has yet to officially declare his candidacy.

Hossam Mounis, media spokesman for Sabbahi's political party The Egyptian Popular Current, drew El-Sisi into the debate over the elections law, saying that it had been "tailored to serve El-Sisi's interests."

"The law brings the country back to the Mubarak era when laws were being tailored to serve the regime," Mounis said.

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Anwar Fahmi
12-03-2014 11:00am
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After the 30 June revolution, we had some hope...but no longer
We must now revolt against the new-old gang. I am sorry for having criticized the Ikhwan...we were cheated, duped and deceived by a dirty media which practices lying as we breathe the oxygen oflife,
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Humoo
12-03-2014 07:18am
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Not real president
This person come by army not by public and his decision dos not have any valive .he wasting his time and public time.he should be out of politic
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Ihsan Ayoub
11-03-2014 08:46pm
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Sisi's shoes have more authority than this man
He is being used as jackboots by the military. Egypt has become the laughingstock of the world. Egypt is a failed state. The economy is collapsing, death in the streets, the jails are crowded with innocent detainees...tourists gunned down and the stupid media is singing the praise of the charlatan general
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Egyptian
12-03-2014 12:21am
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Shame on you !
You don't deserve to be an Egyptian if you don't respect your own country Egypt.
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