Egypt will hold a parliamentary election in September and conduct a presidential poll sometime after that, Gen. Mamdou Shahen, a member of the ruling military council, said Monday (March 28).

The general said the elections would not be conducted under Egypt’s emergency law but did not specify when the law would be lifted, CNN reports.

Amid public clamor for a probe into alleged graft by allies of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf pledged Saturday (March 26) to step up the fight against corruption, Reuters reports.

“The government has not and will not cover up corruption regardless of its nature or identity. We will stamp it out no matter where it is. That is a vow from the government to the people of this nation,” Sharaf said in a televised statement. “There is no place for those who were the enemies of the January 25 revolution in this new era.”

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