Mursi’s government appeals Egypt election suspension

14 March 2013

Appeal made after 6 March decision to suspend Egypt parliamentary elections scheduled for April

An Egyptian state law institution has appealed a court verdict to suspend Egypt’s parliamentary elections.

Egypt’s State Cases Authority, the body in charge of filing lawsuits for official bodies, launched the appeal on behalf of Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi, who had proposed an electoral law to hold parliamentary elections beginning in April. On 6 March, Egypt’s Cairo Administrative Court suspended the elections, citing that the electoral law, proposed by Mursi, requires approval by the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court.

The elections had been scheduled to begin on 22 April and take place in four stages over a two-month period. According to local media reports, Mursi said that he “accepted” the decision.

The election date had been announced by Mursi in February, bringing the date forward from the originally planned 27 April.

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