Egypt's Islamists criticize military rulers over election law
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's influential opposition group, Wednesday criticized the country's military rulers for approving a "faulty" election law, DPA reported.
Allowing individual candidacy in parliamentary elections, expected to begin in November, would make way for loyalists of former president Hosny Mubarak to enter parliament, the group said in a statement.
The military council, which has been in control of Egypt since Mubarak's ouster in February, on Tuesday unveiled a plan to hold elections with two-thirds of seats contested by political parties and one-third by individual candidates.
"The military council should issue a law barring members of the now-disbanded ruling party from running in elections and practising politics," the Muslim Brotherhood statement said.
The elections for the legislature, the first polls to be held in the country since Mubarak's toppling, are to begin on November 28. Polls for the Shura Council, or upper house, are set to begin on January 29. Each election will take place over three stages.
"The election schedule is so long that it will keep the country busy with the process for five months," the group said.
The Muslim Brotherhood had been officially banned in Egypt since 1954. The ban was lifted after Mubarak stepped down.
In March, it was allowed to set up Freedom and Justice, its first political party since the Muslim Brotherhood was established in 1928.
The group, whose candidates used to circumvent the ban by running as independents, won no seat in the 2010 parliamentary elections.
It plans to contest up to 40 per cent of seats in the upcoming elections, according to its officials.