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Egypt rejects international supervision of elections

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Committee of Presidential Elections has rejected any international assistance in monitoring the upcoming presidential elections, the first multi-candidate election [JURIST report] in Egypt's history. Committee spokesperson Osama Attawiya told the Kuwait News Agency Monday that under Egypt's constitution, only the judiciary had the ability to monitor the elections and that international monitoring would compromise the dignity of the Egyptian judiciary system. KUNA has more. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder; official party website, in Arabic], Egypt's largest Islamic group, issued a statement Sunday calling for judicial supervision of the September 7 election and urging supporters not to vote for President Hosni Mubarek [Wikipedia profile]. The group has also called for the release of political prisoners and the abolition of emergency laws, enacted following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat [Wikipedia profile] in 1981. AP has more.

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