Egypt will hold its Parliamentary elections beginning April 27-28 and they will be held in four stages. They had been expected sometime in April, though the four rounds will men the results will stretch into early June. The new Parliament will convene July 6.
The decree by President Morsi came after the Shura Council, the Upper House currently legislating in the absence of a lower House, agreed to amendments to the electoral law that had been demanded by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
April 28, the weekend of the first round, will be Coptic Palm Sunday. (Eastern Easter this year is over a month later than Western Easter.)