Egypt Islamists want to stick to army vote timetable

By REUTERS
December 22, 2011 13:53

CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood, whose party is leading Egypt's staggered parliamentary election, came out on Thursday against bringing forward a presidential vote to end military rule, saying changing the timetable would wreak chaos.

Protesters who fought soldiers and police in central Cairo for five days before calm was restored this week want the army to cede power more swiftly.

Many Egyptians, suspicious of the military's stated commitment to democratic change, want a presidential vote by Jan. 25, the first anniversary of the start of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. The vote is now planned for mid-2012.

Activists plan a mass march to Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against army rule and the latest violence, which Egypt's prime minister said had contributed to billions of dollars of losses to the economy.


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