Egypt's military rulers to meet opposition leaders on election law
A member of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is scheduled to meet opposition leaders Saturday, after thousands of Egyptian rejected the new election law, reported dpa.
Chief of Staff Sami Enan will meet representatives of the Democratic Alliance for Egypt, an opposition alliance of 95 political parties led by the influential Muslim Brotherhood, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
The alliance has threatened to boycott the November parliamentary polls in protest over a planned election law, which will allocate two-thirds of seats to be contested by political parties and one-third by individual candidates.
They said that allowing individual candidacy in elections would allow supporters of ousted president Hosny Mubarak to enter parliament.
Saturday's meeting comes after thousands of people protested in Tahrir Square on Friday to demand changing the electoral law, abolishing the state of emergency and ending military trials of civilians.
Several protesters were arrested on Friday after some of them attempted to head to the Defence Ministry and were blocked by military police.
Another group said they would remain in the square until their demands were met.
In the last parliamentary election, in November 2010, Mubarak's former ruling National Democratic Party won nearly 90 per cent of the vote.
Parliament was dissolved after Mubarak resigned on February 11.