Egypt President Morsi Calls for April Elections

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is calling for parliamentary elections in an effort to calm down the civil turmoil that has rocked Egypt in recent months.

Morsi will launch the four-stage voting process April 27, with the fourth round in June. The newly elected parliament would convene for its first session on July 6, he said.

Morsi is trying to bring the country together after weeks of violent political demonstrations over his attempts to increase his power.

Opponents have accused the embattled leader of welching on campaign promises to create a more inclusive government.

Some rights groups have reported widespread police abuse, saying brutality is increasing in detention centers and at demonstrations. Sixty people have reportedly lost their lives since the end of January.

Egypt's military have also intimated it may take over again as it did after Hosni Mubarak resigned, ruling the country until Morsi's election last spring.

Some of Morsi's critics say he's not much better than Mubarak, pointing to the decree he issued last November giving himself near absolute power.

The first elected parliament after the 2011 uprising was disbanded by a court order last June.

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