Egyptian election to end today as parliament officially dissolved

Published June 17th, 2012 - 06:53 GMT
Egypt
Egypt

Polling stations opened Sunday in Egypt for the second and final day of the second round of presidential elections, the first since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. The polls opened at 08:00 local time (0600 GMT) and should close at 20H00 (18H00 GMT).

On Saturday, voting was extended for one hour. Over 50 million voters are asked to choose between two candidates: a candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, and the last Prime Minister under Mubarak, Ahmad Shafiq, considered the candidate of the army that has ruled the country since the fall of the former president. Official results will be announced on June 21.

Turnout was low to moderate across cities and provinces of the country, reports said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Military Council Saturday dissolved the People's Assembly (lower house of Parliament), following a ruling to that effect issued Thursday by the Supreme Constitutional Court.

According to the Egyptian news agency (MENA), the Supreme Military Council informed the People's Assembly of this decision as it was also forwarded to the Government.

The dissolution of Parliament, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, was immediately denounced by Saad Katatna, speaker of the People's Assembly and Ahmad Fahmi, speaker of the Shura Council (upper house).

"The People's Assembly is elected by popular will, and therefore, it can be dissolved only by a constitutional basis and after a popular referendum," said Mr. Katatna.

"We will resort to international courts in cases of continuing violations and tampering of the presidential election in view of everyone," threatened Fahmi.


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