Egyptian parliamentary elections could begin in October, six months later than originally planned, state news agency MENA has reported President Mohamed Morsi as saying.

Morsi said he expected the new parliament to convene before the end of the year, MENA reported on Wednesday.

The president had called a four-stage parliamentary election starting in late April but the plan was thwarted by a court ruling that overturned his decree calling the vote.

Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, had already announced it would boycott the April vote - expressing doubts over its transparency - and demanded a new electoral law.

Under the original plan, the new parliament would have convened in early July. Morsi was addressing the Egyptian community in Doha, where he is attending an Arab summit.