Parliamentary candidate Bahaa Fikry speaks during an interview with Reuters in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Egypt elections look set to cement return to pastHolding court behind a battered desk at his campaign office in the southern town of Minya, Bahaa Fikry embodies Egypt's past.A provincial apparatchik in Hosni Mubarak's ruling party before the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings swept them both from power, Fikry may well represent Egypt's future too if he wins a seat in this month's parliamentary elections.On paper, Egypt's first parliament in three years should be a powerful one.Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the uprising that ended Mubarak's 30-year rule and ignited hopes of political and economic change.Sisi ousted elected President Mohammad Morsi of the Brotherhood the following year, after protests against his rule. Sisi secured his presidency in a 2014 vote.The new parliament will comprise 568 members – 448 elected on an individual basis and 120 through winner-takes-all lists.Indeed, loyalists struggled for over a year to build an alliance to secure Sisi a sizeable bloc of parliamentary support ahead of this month's vote.
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