Thursday, July 14, 2011

Egyptian elections delayed

Egyptian legislative elections scheduled for next September will be held in October or November, as announced Wednesday the official agency Mena. Several political parties called for a delay of these first elections after the fall of the regime of Hosni Mubarak Arafat, believing that may not be ready in September.

"It has been decided to hold elections for the People's Assembly and the Shura Council [upper house] next October or November," said a military source quoted by Mena. The Superior Council of the Armed Forces, headed the country since the fall of Mubarak had announced on 28 March that the legislation would be held in September.

This period was strongly criticized by political parties and movements resulting from the revolt against the regime earlier this year, they have stressed that they have no time to prepare. Also voices have been raised to mark the Muslim Brothers, who appear as the best organized movement of the country would take the lead in other formations if the ballot is held in the near future.

The announcement comes just two days after the head of the Egyptian government, Esam Sharaf, has announced an executive reshuffle, in response to the demands of the demonstrators in Tahrir Square, "to preserve the revolution."

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