Egypt to hold elections in May
15 February 2012, 16:23
Cairo - Egypt's first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak was
overthrown a year ago will be held by late May, Wednesday's state
newspaper al-Ahram quoted a government minister as saying.
leaders who took over from Mubarak in February last year have faced
street protests and widespread demands that they hand power to civilians
sooner than the end-June deadline they had set themselves.
announced earlier this month that nominations for the race would be
accepted from March 10, signalling that the generals have accelerated
their planned handover of power by about a month.
Parliamentary Affairs and Local Development Mohamed Attia told al-Ahram
the election would be held by late May, giving candidates three weeks to
declare their candidature and 45 days for campaigning. Most candidates
have already begun campaigning unofficially.
The judicial election committee is the only body with the authority to set the election date.
Under new rules approved in a referendum last year, presidents will in future be limited to two consecutive, four-year terms.