Update: Presidential adviser says elections to begin 28 April

Update: Presidential adviser says elections to begin 28 April

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Thu, 21/02/2013 - 22:00

President Mohamed Morsy will call parliamentary elections to start on 28 April, Mohamed Gadallah, a legal adviser to the president, told Reuters Thursday, adding that the vote would be held in three or four stages.

A source previously told Reuters that the president would soon issue a decree for elections to start in April.

The Shura Council approved Thursday the Supreme Constitutional Court's recommended amendments to the elections law. The court had deemed five articles unconstitutional.

The Shura Council, the upper house of Parliament, holds legislative powers until the new House of Representatives is elected. A court ruling dissolved the People's Assembly, which the new Constitution renamed the House of Representatives, last year.

Local media had previously reported that Morsy would call for holding the elections in May.