MP calls on Presidential Elections Commission to continue its work

MP Mostafa al-Naggar has called on the Presidential Elections Commission to continue its work despite criticism from Parliament, describing the current political discourse as “political adolescence.”

Calling on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to intervene, the commission said it would suspend its work to protest what it described as MPs’ desire to question its integrity.

“The current stage requires fruitful cooperation between the different authorities in the country,” Naggar, who is with the Adl Party, told state-run news agency MENA, adding that there is a political struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military council happening behind the scenes.

The recent events demonstrate a lack of understanding of priorities at this stage of the transition, he said, expressing astonishment at demands to withdraw confidence from the Cabinet and amend the Presidential Elections Law only two weeks ahead of the vote.

The commission had said in a statement Tuesday that it would not meet as planned with presidential candidates and media figures pending “suitable conditions for the meeting.”

“If some seek to complicate the situation and stir strife, then [the commission] apologizes for not continuing its work in the manner that satisfies it and that realizes the hopes of the Egyptian people,” the statement said.

Egypt is scheduled to hold its first presidential election since the ouster of ex-President Hosni Mubarak on 23 and 24 May.

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