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Monday, February 13, 2006

Egyptian Local Polls Set To Be Delayed

February 12, 2006

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Sunday that Egypt’s consultative council has agreed to a two-year postponement of municipal elections, which were scheduled to take place in two months. In order to take effect, the measure must also be passed by parliament.
According to AFP’s report, “The country's Islamists, who achieved spectacular gains in parliamentary elections last year, charged the move was aimed at undermining their rise and preventing them from fielding a candidate in the next presidential poll.”
Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood has led the political opposition against President Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party, and it picked up 20 percent of the country’s parliament seats following the 2005 elections.
AFP writes:
“According to a constitutional amendment proposed by Mubarak and approved by referendum in May 2005, a legal party must control five percent of parliament to field a candidate in a presidential election. The same amendment stipulates that an independent candidate must gather signatures from 250 elected officials, including 65 members of the People's Assembly, 25 Shura members and 10 municipal council members from at least 14 out of Egypt's 26 provinces.”

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