Egypt confirms legislative election in September

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 7:11 AM
Egypt confirms legislative election in September

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will hold a legislative election in September and will lift emergency laws before the vote, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said on Monday.

Mamdouh Shaheen, a member of the military council, said a date for a presidential election had yet to be set.

The legislative election date means parties that were crushed under Hosni Mubarak's rule have some five months to prepare for the first free parliamentary polls in decades.

The military council has ruled Egypt since Mubarak was toppled from power on February 11. It plans to relinquish power to a civilian government once a presidential election is held.

"Parliamentary elections will be in September," Shaheen said. "We have said before that parliamentary or presidential polls will not be held while emergency law is still in force," he added.

The military council also approved a law that eases restrictions on the formation of political parties. Shaheen said new parties would need the approval of 5,000 members from at least 10 of Egypt's 29 provinces.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Jon Hemming)