The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Egypt's main opposition says it will boycott elections


CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said on Tuesday that it will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections due to a lack of guarantees of a transparent process.

"The decision of the Front, unanimously, is to boycott the elections," member Sameh Ashour told reporters after a meeting of the NSF, which groups mainly liberal and leftists parties and movements.

Mr Ashour said the decision came after his party's demands, including the formation of a new government "to save the country", had been ignored.

He said the lack of guarantees for a transparent process also contributed to the coalition's decision.