Morsi sets date for Egyptian parliamentary elections

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 04:40 hrs

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called a series of parliamentary elections that will start on 27 April and end in June.

The new parliament will convene on 6 July, a presidential decree also revealed.

Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers hope the election will mark an end to a turbulent political transition, the Independent reports.

The political transition has been punctuated by violence, that has thwarted his efforts to revive an economy in deep crisis.

The vote will take place in a country divided between Islamist parties, which have come out on top in all the elections held since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, and a more secular-minded opposition, the paper said. (ANI)

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