Egypt opposition warns elections will add tensions

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Egypt opposition warns elections will inflame political tensions

CAIRO — Egypt’s president called multi-stage parliamentary elections beginning in April but a key opposition leader warned today that the vote may only inflame tensions unless there are serious political talks first.

President Mohammed Morsi set the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27 ending in June. The newly elected parliament would convene on July 6, a decree issued late Thursday night said.

The opposition accuses Morsi and the Brotherhood of monopolizing power and going back on campaign promises to set up an inclusive government and introduce far-reaching reforms.

Morsi’s supporters say the new government cannot immediately fix years of neglect and poor administration from ousted Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year rule, and say they have the legitimacy of the ballot box in their favor.

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