Military leaders in Egypt have announced that parliamentary elections will be held in September.
The country’s Higher Military Council has also approved a law that eases restrictions on the formation of political parties. The council has been running Egypt since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak as president on February 11. The military leaders say there will be no parliamentary or presidential elections as long as emergency laws are still in force.
However, they have not said when the laws will be lifted. Critics of Mubarak say that for decades he used the special state of emergency powers to crush political dissent.
Some observers say the holding of elections in September will suit well-organised Islamist parties and the remnants of the former president’s party.