Egypt to hold parliamentary vote in Feb/March

Egyptian foreign minister said that parliamentary elections would be held "between February and March".

Egypt to hold parliamentary vote in Feb/March

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt will hold parliamentary elections "between February and March", to be followed by a presidential vote in early summer, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Friday.

The elections will replace the leaders appointed after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Fahmy also told Reuters in an interview that the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of Morsi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, "is still legal in Egypt" and free to participate in the parliamentary election.

Speaking during a visit to Spain, he said presidential elections would be announced "by the end of next spring" and that the elections would be held "a maximum of two months after the announcement."

"So you're looking at elections in the summer for president, that's the last step," he said.

Fahmy's comments provided the most specific timeline yet for the end of the interim army-backed government and a return to electoral politics in the Arab world's most populous country, which since Morsi's ouster on July 3 has seen some of the worst violence in its modern history.

He had said in September that the transitional phase of government should end "by next spring," though he did not give specific dates at that time.

The elections will come after a referendum on a new constitution, which Fahmy said would be held in December. A 50-member committee is working on amending a constitution.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Kasım 2013, 18:04