Egypt votes in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Polls have opened in Egypt in the first round of longde­layed elec­tions to choose a new par­lia­ment.

They are the first such elec­tions since the pre­vi­ous cham­ber was dis­solved by a court rul­ing in 2012.

The author­i­ties say the poll is the fi­nal step in a tran­si­tion to democ­racy.

How­ever, crit­ics say most can­di­dates are sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Ab­dul Fat­tah alSisi and the new par­lia­ment is likely to strengthen his con­trol.

Pres­i­dent Sisi is a former gen­eral who led the 2013 mil­i­tary over­throw of Is­lamist Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi, fol­low­ing months of un­rest.

Mr Morsi’s party, the Mus­lim Brother­hood, won about half the seats in the last par­lia­ment but is now banned and its lead­ers are in jail some fac­ing death sen­tences.

By con­trast, many fig­ures from the regime of de­posed au­to­crat Hosni Mubarak are on the bal­lot pa­per.

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