ElBaradei calls for Egyptian election boycott

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian liberal opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei called on Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections which start in April, saying he refused to take part in “an act of deception”. Islamist President Mohamed Mursi called the elections on Thursday, aiming to conclude Egypt’s turbulent transition to democracy which began with the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak by popular protests. But ElBaradei, a former U.N. nuclear agency chief, noted that he had called in 2010 for a similar boycott of polls held under Mubarak, who was ousted the following year. …

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