Vote will increase tension, warns Egyptian opposition

Updated 23 February 2013
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Vote will increase tension, warns Egyptian opposition

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Muhammad Mursi has issued a presidential decree calling for staggered parliamentary elections, starting April 27 and ending in June.
The decree says the vote will take place in four stages and the new Parliament will convene on July 6.
Since the ouster of longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011, Egyptians have gone through a series of referendums, presidential and parliamentary elections. The first elected Parliament was disbanded by a court order last June.
Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as the country’s dominant political group.
A key opposition leader warned yesterday that the vote may only inflame tensions unless there are serious political talks first.
Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on his Twitter account yesterday that Mursi’s “decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority is a recipe for disaster.”
Abdullah Shehata, an economy expert with the Brotherhood, said the elections will help the country’s ailing economy.
“The elections will be positive because it will be the final institution to fall into place after the presidency and the constitution,” he said. “The coming parliament will be elected by the people and will help build confidence in Egypt again. “
The founder of the opposition April 6 movement said if the election law is not agreed upon, they will not support participation in elections.
“The election laws have not been agreed upon and this is an essential problem,” Ahmed Maher said.
“Until now, the Brotherhood party is dealing in the Shoura Council as if there is no opposition and they are forcing these laws on the rest,” he said, referring to Egypt’s interim parliament.
According to Thursday’s decree, Egypt’s 27 provinces will be divided into four groups that will vote separately over two days over a period ending on June 27. This is allegedly to give the more than 50 million voters enough time to participate in the balloting.


Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

Updated 22 April 2018
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Jordan MP, family members among 8 killed in road crash

  • Jordanian MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife and three children were among the dead in the horror crash
  • Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh cancelled Sunday’s Parliamentary session following the MP’s death

AMMAN: A Jordanian MP, his wife and three of his children were among eight people killed late Saturday when their car collided with a winch truck, a security source said.
The truck’s driver and his assistant were also killed in the crash on the desert highway south of Amman, along with MP Mohammad Amamreh, his wife, three children and his brother-in-law, the source said Sunday.
Parliament speaker Atef Tarawneh expressed his sorrow at the loss of Amamreh, a 53-year-old former army colonel from the southern Jordanian city of Maan.
Tarawneh decided to cancel a parliamentary session that was slated for Sunday, with a new date set for Monday, a statement said.
Jordan has a dire road safety record, with 750 people killed in 2016, nearly 150 more than the previous year.
Accidents are often attributed to the poor state of roads, disregard for driving rules and bad weather conditions, including sandstorms.
The desert highway that stretches from Amman to the southern port city of Aqaba is often the scene of fatal crashes.