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Egypt Military Amends Election Law, Schedules Power Transfer

October 02, 2011

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s ruling military council amended a law on parliamentary elections and announced a timetable for the transfer of power to civilian leadership.

The Supreme Council of the Armed forces changed a clause in the elections law to allow party candidates to run for one third of the seats in parliament that were previously set aside for independent candidates, the government said on its website.

The council, which has run the country since former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, will consider ending the state of emergency and halting sending civilians to military trials, except in specific cases, the government said.

A joint session of the newly elected lower and upper houses of parliament will be held in the last week of March or the first week of April to appoint an assembly that will rewrite the country’s constitution. A presidential vote will take place 45 to 60 days after the results of a constitutional referendum are announced, the government said.

--Editors: Digby Lidstone, Louis Meixler.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ola Galal at ogalal@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net.


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