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Egypt passes presidential election law
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's interim president has issued a much anticipated decree that governs upcoming presidential election, clearing the way for the vote that many expect the country's military chief to take part in and win.
Legal adviser Ali Awad said Saturday on state television that interim president Adly Mansour issued the decree. The elections commission will set a date for the vote, expected to be in April.
Mansour decreed that the decisions of the elections commission be protected from legal challenges, a contentious issue on which two of Egypt's top courts had staked opposing positions.
The law is passed after a transition plan laid out in July after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is widely expected to declare his candidacy soon, and, if he runs, is forecast to win.
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A homemade bomb placed near a women's college has wounded one person in an upscale district of eastern Cairo, security officials say.
Police say the Saturday morning blast, which was also near a tram line, wounded a laborer. Security officials say they defused a second explosive device nearby and were searching the area for others.
Security officials also said late Friday that 17 police officers were injured in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police earlier that day. Three protesters had been reported killed and 28 injured.
Violence has escalated in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July. Dozens of police have been killed as well as hundreds of supporters of the toppled president.
Officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to journalists.