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Egypt's Mohammed Morsi changes parliamentary elections date

  • Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has changed the start date of the country's parliamentary elections just days after announcing it.

    The first round of voting in Cairo and four other provinces will now be held on April 22 instead of April 27.

    The move comes in response to complaints from Coptic Christians, who said the original date clashed with Easter.

    Earlier in the day, opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called for a boycott of the elections.

    "[I] called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, will not be part of an act of deception,'' he wrote on Twitter.

    However, many within ElBaradei's opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF), criticized his decision for being too rash.

    The last elections saw the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, 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.

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