Egypt: Morsi's government appeals vote suspension

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CAIRO — A government legal agency representing Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi appealed today the court-ordered suspension of a controversial parliamentary election, a judicial official said.

But Morsi’s office, which had earlier indicated that it would not appeal, immediately distanced itself from the move. An official said that there was “no going back” on the elections suspension.

The elections, coming amid a surge of protests, strike, and economic shortages, are the latest focus in Egypt’s long-running political conflict. The Brotherhood hopes elections will provide some legitimacy to Morsi’s embattled government.

But Morsi’s government is also keen to show that it is not in conflict with the judiciary, a body with which he has clashed several times since he came to power last year.

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