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Egypt's ElBaradei calls for election boycott

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Top Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei called on Saturday for a boycott of upcoming parliamentary elections, but other leaders of his National Salvation Front said they had yet to agree on that.

"Called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, will not be part of an act of deception," the Nobel Laureate wrote on his Twitter account.

Another NSF leader, former foreign minister Amr Mussa, said many of the opposition coalition's members were inclined to shun the four-round election, but a final position had yet to be agreed upon.

"There is a large group that wants a boycott, but it has not yet been discussed, and no decision has been taken," he told AFP.

The election is scheduled to begin on April 27, with parliament to convene on July 6.

State television reported the presidency was considering changing the starting date of the vote because it falls on a Christian holiday, after objections from the Coptic Church.

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