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Egypt Opposition Leader ElBaradei Calls For Election Boycott

Egypt's opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei has called on Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections to be held in April.

The country's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi declared on Thursday that the country's parliamentary elections would be held in four stages, beginning on April 27 and ending in late June. According to the presidential decree, the new People's Assembly which emerges from the polls will be invited to convene on July 6.

Previously, the National Salvation Front leader ElBaradei, who is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, called for an election boycott in 2010 as it is alleged that the ruling governments would fix the polls.

"Today I repeat my call, I will not be part of an act of deception," ElBaradei said in a Twitter post.

The Opposition accuses Morsi of being autocratic since taking office and his parent Muslim Brotherhood party of pushing through a disputed Constitution. It insists that the new charter favors the Islamists and fails to protect the rights of women and the country's minority Christian community.

Critics of the new Constitution allege that Morsi as well as his Muslim Brotherhood betrayed the 2011 Egyptian revolution by attempting to monopolize power after their electoral victory the following year.

Morsi is the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was sworn in as Egypt's first civilian and freely-elected President on June 30, 2012.

His election followed a popular revolt that ultimately forced autocratic President Hosni Mubarak to step down in February 2011 after handing over power to the country's military.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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