Egyptian opposition alliance to boycott election

CAIRO Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:17pm EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - An alliance of Egyptian opposition parties said on Tuesday it would boycott the parliamentary election, saying there must first be a law guaranteeing a free and fair vote.

The National Salvation Front, an umbrella alliance of liberal and leftist groups, made the decision at a meeting in Cairo, spokesman Sameh Ashour said.

President Mohamed Mursi has called the four-stage parliamentary election beginning in late April.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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