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Egypt’s Mursi Could Call for Early Vote: Justice Minister

Egypt’s Islamist president could call for early presidential elections if he feels he has failed in running the country, though such a step would be ill-timed at present, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki said in a televised interview.

The comments came as Mekki said on the independent Al-Hayat satellite channel that, to his credit, one of the positive steps taken by President Mohamed Mursi’s ousted predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, was leaving his office.

Asked if Mursi had a similarly positive attribute and would consider such a step, Mekki said it was an option if the president “feels he has failed in administrating the state, but this isn’t good.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net; Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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