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Sat Apr 19 09:40:15 SAST 2014

Egypt's Mursi calls for talks with opposition over polls

Sapa-AFP | 25 February, 2013 12:28
A protester wearing a mask stands in front of the sign for the court of cassation during an anti-government protest in Cairo February 22, 2013. President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday called parliamentary elections that will begin on April 27 and finish in late June, a four-stage vote that the Islamist leader hopes will conclude Egypt's turbulent transition to democracy.
Image by: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / REUTERS

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Monday called for a meeting with the country's opposition to discuss upcoming legislative polls, amid calls for a boycott.

"I call on all the brothers in the different parties in all of Egypt to come... so we can sit and put in the place the guarantees for the transparency and fairness of the elections," Mursi said in an interview on private satellite channel al-Mehwar.

The interview, which was due to be aired on Sunday evening, was transmitted hours later and ended at dawn, provoking much criticism on social networks.

Staggered parliamentary polls are set to start on April 22 over two months but opposition figures have slammed the timing of the vote while the country is gripped by political divisions and unrest.

Leading dissident Mohamed ElBaradei, coordinator of the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF), on Saturday called for a boycott.

"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 posted on his Twitter account.

The coalition organised massive protests against Mursi in November and December after he adopted now-repealed powers that shielded his decisions from judicial review.

Other NSF officials said the coalition, an alliance of mainly liberal and leftist parties, was yet to decide on its position.

Initially the election had been set to begin on April 27, with a new parliament to convene on July 6.

But the dates conflicted with pre-Easter and Easter holidays, prompting Mursi to announce new ones "in response to requests by Christian brothers," a reference to the Coptic Church, his office said Saturday.

The Muslim Brotherhood - from which Mursi hails - and Islamist allies dominated the last parliamentary election in 2011 that resulted in an Islamist-majority house which a court annulled on a technicality before Mursi's election last June.

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