Egypt political parties threaten to boycott polls

September 28, 2011 23:35

CAIRO - The political wing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and 59 other parties and groups threatened to boycott forthcoming elections unless the country's military rulers agreed to amend election laws by Sunday, according to a statement issued on Wednesday.

The joint statement said the parties wanted the military council to change an article in the election law that bars political parties from fielding candidates for seats allocated to individuals, and to activate a law which criminalizes profiteering from political office.

This law would effectively prevent many supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak from running for office.

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