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Saturday 19 April 2014

Morsi wants Egypt elections talks

Thousands of protesters shout slogans supporting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside Cairo University in Cairo (AP/Amr Nabil)

Egypt's Islamist president has invited political forces to join him in talks to find ways to ensure the "integrity and transparency" of upcoming parliamentary elections.

Speaking in a television interview, Mohammed Morsi also rejected opposition charges that the elections he called for April were ill-timed given the wave of unrest plaguing the country.

"I see that the climate is very agreeable for an election," he said.

Mr Morsi used the interview to try to improve his standing nearly eight months into his four-year term.

He repeatedly declared he was a president for all Egyptians, claimed he had no quarrel with any of the nation's political forces and reasserted his respect and confidence in the military.

Press Association

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