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Egypt's military rulers balk at foreign monitoring of elections

Arab World Materials 20 July 2011 22:13
Egypt's military rulers Wednesday said that they would not allow foreign monitors during the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, arguing that "this will infringe national sovereignty"
Egypt's military rulers balk at foreign monitoring of elections

Egypt's military rulers Wednesday said that they would not allow foreign monitors during the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, arguing that "this will infringe national sovereignty", dpa reported.

A military council, in control of Egypt since February, approved Wednesday a draft law for parliamentary elections, delayed from September to November.

No date has been officially set for the vote. But a higher commission, led by a top judge, has been set up to prepare for the elections.

Under the new law, the eligibility age to campaign for a parliamentary seat has been dropped from 30 to 25, reported state TV.

Parliamentary hopefuls would be disqualified if they used religious slogans in campaigning, according to the TV report.

Following the ouster of former president Hosny Mubarak in February, Egypt's military rulers dissolved the parliament.

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