Egypt lower house passes elections amendment

[JURIST] Egypt's lower house of Parliament overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Egyptian Constitution [text] Tuesday setting regulations for multi-candidate presidential elections [JURIST report]. The upper house had passed the regulations [JURIST report] Sunday, which require candidates to be a member of a political party or receive a minimum of 65 recommendations from elected members of the lower house, 25 from the Shura council and 10 from local councils from at least 14 governorates. Egyptian President Hosney Mubarak's party is dominant in all electoral bodies and could effectively refuse to allow serious opposition contenders to run in the elections, especially if they are unaffiliated or outlawed. The amendment is expected to put to a public referendum within the next month. AP has more. Aljazeera has a video report [WM].

 

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