Egypt agrees to allow citizens living abroad to vote

By REUTERS
April 20, 2011 20:20

 
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CAIRO - Egyptians living abroad will, for the first time, be able to vote in parliamentary and presidential elections due this year after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the cabinet said on Wednesday.

Millions of Egyptians live outside the country, where they study and work. The country of 80 million people has a high unemployment rate, especially among its youth.

"Both Egyptians living in Egypt and abroad will be allowed to vote with their national identity cards," Justice Minister Mohamed Abdel Aziz el-Guindy told Reuters after a cabinet meeting that discussed the new voting procedures among other issues.

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