Canada urges Egypt to allow international monitors for elections

Lee Berthiaume
October 25, 2011

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OTTAWA — Canada is pressing Egypt's interim rulers to overturn a ban on international monitors as the North African country prepares for parliamentary elections next month that will set the tone for democracy there and in the region.

Egyptians will begin going to the polls on Nov. 28 to elect their first Parliament since a wave of protests ousted former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The elections will be held in three stages lasting until March, with the winners coming together to draft the country's first post-Mubarak constitution. A presidential election is expected in late 2012 or early 2013.

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