CAIRO - Egypt pushed back the closing date
for parties to register in a parliamentary election for the
second time on Saturday after some politicians asked for more
time to do their applications, the head of the election
Egypt's first multi-candidate vote since President Hosni
Mubarak was toppled after 30 years in power is a crucial test of
the ruling military's commitment to end decades of autocratic
rule in the Arab world's most populous country.
Registration has been slow so far, seemingly because
coalitions have broken down at the last minute and some parties
have had trouble raising funds.
Abdel Moez Ibrahim, the head of the committee, said in a
statement carried by state news agency MENA candidates could
register until Monday rather than Saturday. The deadline was
first set for last Tuesday.
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