Egyptian parliamentary elections that were originally scheduled for September have been delayed until October or November, the MENA state news agency reported on Wednesday (July 13th).
Campaigning for the People's Assembly and the Shura Council would start in September, with the elections being held within 30-60 day, according to the Egyptian military. The military has said it would stick to its commitment of starting the election process by September.
Meanwhile, Egypt's prime minister began cabinet-formation talks on Wednesday (July 13th) following an announcement earlier this week promising a reshuffle, wire agencies reported.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf accepted the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Yahia al-Gamal in a concession to protester demands, who continued a sit-in of Tahrir Square for the sixth day on Wednesday. Al-Gamal had previously submitted his resignation but it was refused by the ruling military leadership.
Also on Tuesday, three ministers who served under former President Hosni Mubarak were sentenced: Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif received a one-year suspended sentence, while ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly received five years' imprisonment and ex-Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali was handed a ten-year prison term.
They were convicted on fraud charges, Al-Jazeera English reported. All three were fined a total of $15.6 million, which they will be required to hand over to the state.