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Egypt: April Start For Parliament Vote

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has issued a decree setting parliamentary elections to begin April 27, and end in June.

The decree says voting will take place in four stages, and the new People's Assembly will convene July 6.

Earlier February 21, the Shura Council upper house of parliament adopted an electoral law that had been amended by the Constitutional Court, clearing the way for the elections.

Campaigning for the vote will take place with Egypt deeply split between Islamist parties which support the president, and a more secular-minded opposition that says the country has so far fallen short of the democratic ideals that animated the 2011 revolt against ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak.

The lower house was dissolved last year after the Constitutional Court ruled that the previous electoral law was unfair.

Based on reports from Reuters, AFP and dpa