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Egypt opposition to boycott polls

  • Egypt's main opposition group, the National Salvation Front (NSF), announced on Tuesday it would boycott the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

    Spokesman Sameh Ashour said the decision was taken due to concerns that the polls would not be free and fair.

    The move comes just days after President Mohammed Morsi announced the timing of the elections.

    The first round of voting in Cairo and four other provinces will be held on April 22.

    The elections are to be held because in December Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution, which requires that the process begin within two months.

    The last elections in January 2012, saw the political wing of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), secure 43 percent of the seats in the lower house and 59 percent of the seats in the Shura Council.

    However, six months later, the lower house was dissolved after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that one of the laws under which the elections were fought was not legitimate.

    The last of the four rounds are due to be held on June 19 and 20, with run-offs scheduled for June 26 and 27.

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