Cairo: Egypt President Hosni Mubarak
on Wednesday set November 28 as the date for parliamentary elections
after months of uncertainty whether polls would take place or
not this year as the state of emergency is still in place.
A total number of 508 seats are up for grab after 64
seats were added to the previous parliament as a quota set
aside for women as means to empower them.
The elections are not expected to witness much
surprises as the opposition, often described by analysts as
"tamed", have failed to reach an agreement to boycott the
elections or unite in face of the ruling National Democratic
The only effective opposition party, the Muslim
Brotherhood, which occupies 20 per cent of seats in parliament
already, has vowed to contest despite a wave of arrests.
Dozens of Brotherhood members have been detained in
police raids since the group said it would take part this
year, a move the Brotherhood says shows the authorities do not
want a repeat of the 2005 result.