Egypt delays announcing final date for presidential vote

By REUTERS
February 19, 2012 18:09

 
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CAIRO - The judicial committee supervising Egypt's first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year said on Sunday it had yet to finalize a date for the vote, although an election official said it would be in the first week of June.

The committee had been expected to announce a date on Sunday, but judges on the committee told a news conference the decision was being delayed as they worked out how best to ensure Egyptians abroad would have enough time to vote.

The army, which took over from Mubarak in February last year, has faced street protests and widespread demands they hand power to civilians sooner than the end-June deadline they had set themselves. Judges committed to meet the army's deadline.

Farouk Soltan, the head of the committee, said the date would be set before March 10, when candidates can submit their formal nominations. The closing date for nominations would be April 8.

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