Morsi expects October parly polls
27 March 2013, 13:32
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi expects
parliamentary elections to be held in October, the official MENA news agency
said on Wednesday, after the vote was delayed by legal and political
Morsi, speaking to the Egyptian community in Doha where he
attended an Arab summit, said he "expected parliamentary elections would
be held in October and that parliament would be in session before the year's
end," MENA said.
The upper house of parliament - which temporarily holds
legislative power - approved a new electoral law late on Tuesday. The bill is
to be reviewed by the country's top court being before ratification.
The parliamentary vote was scheduled for April but an
administrative court ordered its cancellation because it said Morsi had
ratified the new electoral law without sending it to the Supreme Constitutional
Court for approval, as required by the constitution.
The president had repeatedly insisted that elections would
usher in stability, dismissing criticism that the timing of the polls was wrong
with the country gripped by unrest and deep political division.
Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front,
had already announced it would boycott the April vote - expressing doubts over
its transparency - and demanded a new electoral law.