Report: Egypt's Morsi to call parliamentary elections

Feb 21, 2013, 2:37 PM EST
Mohamed Morsi arrives at the Koerber foundation in Berlin on January 30, 2013.
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The stakes for the coming elections in Egypt's lower parliamentary house have only grown higher in recent days, as Egypt's president has seen ominous signals from both rivals to his right, sparked by his firing of a Salafi government official, and rumblings from the military, which has reportedly been meeting in Morsi's absence to discuss remedies to the nation's ongoing political crises.

Those are most recently incarnated in ongoing protests in Port Said in the aftermath of a security crackdown, as well as a regular series of Friday protests in Cairo. Given the long duration of the coming vote, said to be set for April 27, lasting until June --a similar duration to the last lower-house election, which ran from November 2011 until January -- the potential for explosive instability will only increase.