Egypt votes in parliamentary elections
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.