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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood rejects interim president’s plan for elections

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CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a plan by Interim President Adli Mansour to hold new presidential elections.

Mansour’s decree set 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.

According to Mansour’s decree, a panel representing political, religious and security services will agree final amendments to the constitution suspended on Morsi’s ouster and put it to referendum within five months.

Parliamentary elections would be completed in less than three months after the constitution is ratified.

A senior Muslim Brotherhood official denounced the decree. “A constitutional decree by a man appointed by putchists… brings the country back to square one,” said Essam al-Erian in a Facebook posting.

Asad Haroon
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