New wave Of Demonstrations Hit Egypt as Military Delays Election

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Egypt’s first ever democratic parliamentary polls might be delayed until November, amid growing tensions between the country’s ruling military council and demonstrators who claim their revolution is being infringed. The elections were initially scheduled for September, causing fears among nascent political parties which say they don’t have sufficient time to prepare. Many activists argue that early polls would only assist forces that already have a strong organizational capacity i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood and remnants of former president Hosni Mubarak’s NDP Party. This week, Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces admitted for the first time that a postponement of polls might be necessary, sparking protests across the country.

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