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Mansour presents proposed amendments to elections law for debate

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Political parties call on the presidency to be open to dialogue concerning changes in legislation dealing with upcoming elections

Interim president Adly Mansour has presented a proposed amended presidential elections law to the public on Wednesday, according to presidency spokesman Ihab Badawy.

The spokesman added that the presidency welcomes input from political parties and experts concerning the amendments until 9 February.

Seven political parties belonging to the National Salvation Front had called on the president to conduct “serious dialogue” concerning the amendments before finalising them, while also stressing the need for dialogue ahead of elections for the House of Representatives.

Al-Wafd Party, the Free Egyptians Party, Al-Tagammu Party, the Social Popular Alliance Party, the Conference Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Dignity Party released a statement on Wednesday night, saying amending elections law was the “main guarantor” in the face of “fascism” and would prevent returning to the way with which elections had been held in the past.

The statement was issued at Al-Wafd Party’s headquarters after a meeting with the parties’ heads and Chairman of the Committee of 50 and former presidential candidate Amr Moussa.

When he announced that presidential elections would take place first, Mansour indicated that he would amend legislation dealing with political rights and presidential elections.

 


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