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Egypt not to allow foreign poll monitors

Egypt’s council of military rulers will not allow international monitors to observe upcoming parliamentary elections, a council member has said. Maj. Gen. Mamdouh Shaheen, who presented the new election law to reporters on Wednesday, said barring foreign monitors was a necessary step to protect Egypt’s sovereignty. “We have nothing to hide,” he said, adding that “we reject anything that affects our sovereignty.” Egyptian election monitors will observe the process instead, he said. The decision was swiftly criticised by activists, who said it raises questions about the transparency of the first elections after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak and urged the military to reconsider. Hafez Abou…