The supreme election committee announces the dates for Egypt’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Ahmed Gamil/AP
Egypt announces parliamentary election will start in October
First phase of the ballot, delayed from March, will be held on 18-19 October, with second phase in November
Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election in two phases starting on 18-19 October, the election commission has said.
The first phase of voting had been due to begin in March but the election was delayed after a court ruled part of an election law was unconstitutional. The second phase will take place on 22-23 November, the election commission told a news conference.
Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military chief who became president, toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
The army then announced a roadmap to democracy in Egypt, the most populous Arab state and a close ally of western powers. That announcement was followed by the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt’s history. Security forces killed hundreds at street protests and thousands were arrested.
Will it be fixed?
I view of all the miserable circumstance caused by the Junta rule and Sisi since the Military coup, and under which Egyptians are living; crisis in all aspects of life, new members of the parliament will definitely be of those who are loyal to the corrupt regime;
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