Nearly 50 people died in weekend clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s military. AFP PHOTO MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Egypt will hold a presidential vote before parliamentary polls, President Adly Mansour said Sunday, in a change to a political road map that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.Parliamentary elections were supposed to be held first under the timetable drawn up after the army overthrew President Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July following mass protests against his rule.The decision to revise the order of elections is likely to deepen tensions in Egypt, which is struggling to cope with waves of political violence. The Brotherhood accuses him of masterminding a coup and holds him responsible for widespread human rights abuses in a crackdown against the movement which has killed up to 1,000 Islamists and put top leaders behind bars.Insurgents based in the Sinai Peninsula have stepped up attacks, killing hundreds since Sisi ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.Gunmen killed three Egyptian soldiers in an attack on a bus in the Sinai Sunday, the military said, prompting a warning from the army that it would eliminate the Brotherhood, which it blames for much of Egypt's political violence.
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