23 Oct 2010

Date set for elections in Egypt

3:44 pm on 23 October 2010

The Mena news agency in Egypt says President Hosni Mubarak has set 28 November as the date for parliamentary elections.

For the first time, there will be 64 seats in the 518-member chamber which can be contested only by women.

Some opposition parties have called for a boycott of the vote, saying that it will neither be free nor fair.

But the main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, is taking part.

The group, which is banned, won 20% of the seats in parliament in 2005 by fielding candidates as independents.

President Mubarak, 82, has ruled Egypt for 30 years but has not yet said whether or not he will stand for a sixth term.