Egypt parliament election start moved to April 22

CAIRO Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:08pm EST

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi speaks during a news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul (not pictured) after their meeting at Presidential Palace ''Qasr Al Quba'' in Cairo February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi speaks during a news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul (not pictured) after their meeting at Presidential Palace ''Qasr Al Quba'' in Cairo February 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on April 27, have been brought forward to start on April 22, the presidential spokesman said on his Facebook page on Saturday.

Members of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority had criticized the planned timing of the elections because some voting would take place during their Easter holiday.

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; editing by David Stamp)

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