Egyptians to vote in parliamentary election

    Egyptians to vote in parliamentary election

    Oct.18, Cairo: Egyptians are to vote in the first round of long-delayed elections to choose a new parliament on Sunday, the first such election since the previous chamber was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.

    The much-delayed vote for the 596-member parliament is to be staged in two phases between October 17 and December 2.

    Polling stations are expected to open at 08:00 local time and close from 19:00.

    The authorities say the poll is the final step in a transition to democracy. However, critics said most candidates are supporters of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and the new parliament is likely to strengthen his control.

    Security will be tight across the country with at least 185,000 troops supporting police, Egyptian news agency Mena reported.

    The Oslo Times


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