Egypt's caretaker government passes draft law on parliamentary vote

10:41, July 07, 2011      

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Egypt's caretaker government approved on Wednesday a law on parliamentary vote, aiming to pave the way for the scheduled political transition, state media reported.

Under the draft law, 50 percent of parliament seats will be elected through a closed list system while the rest will be contested by individual candidates, Egypt's MENA news agency said.

The minimum age limit for candidates is reduced to 25 from 30 to increase political participation by youths, it added.

The law still needs the final approval of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Egypt is slated to hold parliamentary elections in September and elect a president by November. Yet many political parties have called for a delay.

A million-men march is planned on Friday in central Cairo's Tahrir Square, raising concerns about whether the country's political process would go smoothly.

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