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EGYPT 6 Jul 2013 New parliament convenes – with economic challenges ahead
When Egypt’s new parliament convenes in July, the Moslem Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is virtually certain to have

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EGYPT 6 Jul 2013 New parliament convenes - with economic challenges ahead
When Egypt's new parliament convenes in July, the Moslem Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party is virtually certain to have an outright majority, perhaps by default. Opposition parties are considering a boycott of the election, which will be held in four stages from Apr 22 to June. The vote will take place in a country deeply divided between the ruling party and other Islamist parties, reigning since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, and a mainly secular opposition that remains too disorganized to mount a serious challenge. President Mohamad Morsi

EGYPT 6 Jul 2013 New parliament convenes - with economic challenges ahead
When Egypt's new parliament convenes in July, the Moslem Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party is virtually certain to have an outright majority, perhaps by default. Opposition parties are considering a boycott of the election, which will be held in four stages from Apr 22 to June. The vote will take place in a country deeply divided between the ruling party and other Islamist parties, reigning since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, and a mainly secular opposition that remains too disorganized to mount a serious challenge. President Mohamad Morsi and his supporters hope the election and new parliament will be able to stabilizee Egypt so it can begin to recover from economically-ruinous unrest during the transition.

Opposition politician and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has called for a boycott of the vote, and meetings are underway within the National Salvation Front (NSF), which groups a number of parties opposed to the Islamists - including ElBaredi's own Constitution Party -- on whether to heed the call.

"Today I repeat my call, [I] will not be part of an act of deception," ElBaradei said on his Twitter account. ElBaredi pointed out that he had called in 2010 for a similar boycott of polls held under Mubarak, who was toppled the following year.

In a report by AlJazeera, the Muslim Brotherhood rejected charges that the elections would lack credibility. In the report, Essam Erian of the Freeedom and Justice Party insisted the polls would be carried out under "complete judicial supervision" and that voting would also be monitored by Egyptian and foreign civil society and human rights organizations.

According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, under the new Egyptian constitution adopted in December, Morsi must secure parliament's approval for his choice of prime minister, giving the chamber more power than it had under Mubarak, when it was no more than a rubber stamp. (WRITTEN FEN 2013)

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-egypt-parliament-idUSBRE91M03S20130223

Date written/update: 2013-07-06