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Egypt Elections

Timeline

2011

  • July 18: Egyptian military rulers commission a top judge to form an electoral commission to hold the country's first elections after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. A decree was signed giving a strict time frame. The commission will begin its work on September 18.
  • July 18: Interim Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf reshuffles his cabinet in a bid to calm the nine day protests at the Tahir square.
  • March 1: Military rulers have decided provisionally to hold a referendum on constitutional changes on March 19, ahead of parliamentary elections slated for June and a presidential poll in August.
  • February 25: There is no reason to rush ahead with elections in Egypt as many members of the former regime must still face justice, says Mohammed ElBaradei
  • February 15: Military says it is worried about Muslim Brotherhood while youth wants 9 months time for elections. These details are out after meeting between youth representatives and military leaders took place. Military rulers re-affirms they will hand authority to an elected civilian government in six months and orders legal experts to draft a revised constitution in 10 days.
  • February 14: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard urged Egypt's ruling military to set a timetable for elections.
  • February 13: The Supreme Council of Egypt's armed forces announced the suspension of the constitution and said it would "run the affairs of the country on a temporary basis for six months or until the end of parliamentary and presidential elections."
  • February 11: Reacting to the news of Hosni Murbarak stepping down as President of Egypt, Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hoped 'The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will adopt a common sense approach and under this new administration organize free and fair elections'. United Nations Organization Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a "transparent, orderly and peaceful transition" of power in Egypt.
  • February 11: French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Egypt to take steps towards free elections following the departure of Mubarak
  • February 11: US Democratic Senators calls for fair elections
  • February 11: Murbarak steps down as President paving way for an early election
  • February 10: US President Barack Obama openly questioned whether President Mubarak's pledge to shift power to his vice president is an "immediate, meaningful or sufficient" sign of reform for a country in upheaval.
  • February 10: Tweeting from Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on the virtual town hall, U S Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice called for a 'free and fair elections' for Egypt.
  • February 10: Egypt's foreign minister warned that the army could seize control of the country if protesters do not stop the anti-government demonstrations that have been underway for 17 days.
  • February 10: Egyptians' Tahrir Square celebration turns bitter as Mubarak refuses to leave.
  • February 6: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her way to international talks on Egypt in Germany, says, Mubarak may need to stay longer to ensure elections succeed and a smooth transition happens.
  • February 5: German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects calls for immediate elections in Egypt, branding it 'wrong.'
  • February 4: Amr Moussa, the Egyptian Secretary-General of the Arab League, says he is considering to run for the Egypt's presidency. Also Vice-President Omar Suleiman and Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency are also considered to be in race for the Presidency.
  • February 4: Egypt Vice-President Omar Suleiman says there was no chance of Hosni Mubarak stepping down before autumn elections, warning that stability must be maintained so that constitutional changes can go ahead.
  • January 29: Speaker of Parliament is reported to have said that there are no plans for an early Presidential elections.