Egypt parliament to draft new law to avoid election delay

The Administrative Court referred the election law to the Supreme Constitutional Court for review, putting the April 22 start date for the four-stage vote into doubt.

Egypt parliament to draft new law to avoid election delay

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian parliamentary panel decided on Monday to draw up a new election law, aiming to avoid delays after a court cancelled President Mohamed Mursi's decree calling for parliamentary elections in April.

The Administrative Court referred the election law to the Supreme Constitutional Court for review, putting the April 22 start date for the four-stage vote into doubt.

The decision to write an entirely new law appeared aimed at avoiding a protracted hold-up while the legality of the existing law is examined by the constitutional court.

The new law which parliament's legislative committee agreed on Monday to draft would have to be put to the Supreme Constitutional Court, a process which might cause further delay.

Some of Mursi's secular opponents have welcomed the idea of a delay. The main opposition parties had said they would boycott the election.

The election will pick a new lower house of parliament to replace one that was dissolved last year.

Last Mod: 12 Mart 2013, 12:20
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