For those disinfonauts following the ongoing saga of the Egyptian Revolution, two recent developments should keep Egypt-watchers glued to their screens. First, current president Muhammad Morsi has called an early parliamentary election on April 22nd, which the opposition promptly responded to by declaring a boycott. Second, former president Hosni Rubarak’s retrial has been slated to commence on April 13th:
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He faces charges of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 revolt that ended his 29-year rule, and corruption.
A retrial was ordered in January after a court accepted his appeal against the life sentence he had been serving since his conviction last June.
Mr Mubarak, 84, is currently in a military hospital. About 850 people were killed in the 2011 crackdown.
News of the retrial came as his successor as president, Mohammed Morsi, met US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was concluding a two-day visit to Egypt.
The two leaders were said to have discussed Egypt’s political crisis as well as Syria, Iran and Middle East peace.