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Egypt's interim leader sets poll timetable

09 July 2013, 08:43

Cairo - Egypt's interim leader vowed fresh elections by early next year after 51 people, mostly supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, were killed outside Cairo military barracks on Monday.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against Wednesday's military overthrow of the Islamist leader, called for an "uprising," saying troops and police "massacred" its supporters during dawn prayers in Cairo on Monday.

Amid the widening chasm in the restive country, interim president Adly Mansour issued a decree setting a timetable for a referendum on an amended constitution and then for parliamentary elections.

The whole process will take no more than 210 days, according to the decree, meaning elections by early February at the latest.

Mansour will announce the date for presidential elections after the new parliament convenes, according to a draft of the 33-article decree published by the official MENA news agency.

The carnage outside the elite Republican Guards' headquarters has further delayed Mansour's efforts to name a new prime minister, as the loose opposition coalition that backed Morsi's ouster lost a key Islamist party.

The Brotherhood released the names of 42 people killed in the incident, as the interior ministry and military said two policemen and a soldier were also killed.

The military blamed "terrorists", while witnesses, including Brotherhood supporters at the scene, said security forces fired only warning shots and tear gas, and that "thugs" in civilian clothes carried out the shootings.


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