FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waits for a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, Pool, File)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has endorsed an amended law defining voting districts in this country of more than 50 million voters, his spokesman said Thursday, removing the last hurdle for setting the date for the long-delayed parliamentary elections.Egypt has not had an elected legislature since 2012, when the country's Supreme Court ruled that the parliament's lower chamber was not constitutionally elected. The court at the time said the law failed to guarantee equal representation for voters, and asked that it be amended.Political groups and rights defenders said the new law was steered by security concerns and ignored demands of Egypt's budding political groups seeking smaller districts to enable them to compete, as well as a higher percentage for representation based on party lists.Al-Sissi's spokesman, Alaa Youssef, said the amended law divides Egypt into 205 districts for individual candidates and four districts for party lists.
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