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British Arab Network Chairman expresses disappointment with postponement of Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections in Mustaqilla TV interview

25 Apr 2015, by BritishArab Network - In the Media

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Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman of the British Arab Network, has expressed his disappointment with President Sisi for postponing the parliamentary elections in an interview with Mustaqilla TV.

He said:

“I am very disappointed with President Sisi for postponing the parliamentary elections. There can be no genuine democracy without free and fair parliamentary elections. Political parties are central to democracy and must not be undermined. All political prisoners must be released otherwise it is not possible for any election to be free and fair. I call upon President Sisi to respect human rights and move towards genuine democracy by holding free and fair parliamentary elections.”

(ANSAmed) – CAIRO, APRIL 23 – Egyptian parliamentary elections have been postponed by a few months. The minister for relations with parliament, Ibrahim El-Heneidy, said the vote would not be scheduled before Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, which begins on June 18 this year, Al Ahram reported on Thursday.

Elections – the third and last step of the Egyptian roadmap towards democracy – were originally scheduled between March and May. Last month, the vote was postponed indefinitely over the unconstitutionality of two electoral laws.