Egypt's government announces new electoral system

July 20, 2011, midnight

Egyptian Army council General Mamdouh SHAHIN on Wednesday announced final amendments to the country's electoral law. Under the new system, fifty percent of seats in the lower house of parliament, the People's Assembly, will be awarded through closed-list proportional representation, while the other half will be awarded in two-seat districts. The new also law abolishes the 64 seats reserved for women, which was instituted the last election in 2010. In its place is a provision that mandates every party list must include at least one female. Other changes in the law include lowering the age for candidate eligibility from 30 to 25, and stipulating that elections take place in three stages.

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