‘‘The debate will be over which district to merge ... because redrawing the districts will have political consequences,’’ he said, adding that this could lead to a delay in holding the vote and open the door to possible legal challenges after the polls if it remains contested.
Meanwhile, in an escalation of street turmoil in the restive coastal city of Port Said, hundreds of protesters blocked central roads and enforced a work stoppage in some government and port customs offices for the second straight day. They demanded retribution and a new investigation into the death of scores of people during anti-government protests in the strategic Suez Canal city last month.
The strike did not disrupt shipping in the Canal, but it has raised pressure on Morsi’s government to do something to resolve it. In an attempt to assuage the situation, local Governor Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdullah said the state would increase the amount of compensation it would pay for those killed in the violence, and that the central government had promised a new investigation.