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Egypt's Mubarak decrees holding parliamentary elections on Nov. 28

10-21-2010 14:24 BJT

CAIRO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak decreed on Wednesday holding the country's 2010 parliamentary elections on November 28.

Mubarak urged voters to participate in the polls to elect members of the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament,) state-run MENA news agency reported.

A total of 508 seats will be contested in the election, with an additional 10 seats appointed by the president. There are 64 more elected seats this year than the last election in 2005, and the additional seats are only for women.

According to the presidential decree, the run-off elections will take place on December 5.

The decree also called for convening the first session of the new parliament on December 13 after being elected. Egypt's Higher Commission for Elections has earlier said it had completed all measures for the legislative elections, stressing the elections will be held in a "transparent, unbiased" atmosphere.

Some opposition blocs have reportedly warned if the government ended up maneuvering the voting there would be serious violence.

However, Egypt's Interior Minister Habib al-Adly said he expected the upcoming parliamentary elections to be "heated," warning that the authorities would be tough on anyone who stepped outside the law.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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