Members of the election committee wait for voters during the first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, at a polling station in a school in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (Roger Anis/El Shorouk Newspaper via AP) EGYPT OUT
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Egyptians turned out in low numbers on Sunday to vote in the first phase of an election hailed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a milestone on the road to democracy but shunned by critics who say the new chamber will rubber stamp his decisions.Many voters were elderly supporters of Sisi, who as army chief toppled Egypt's first freely-elected president in 2013 then launched a fierce crackdown on dissent. Egypt has had no parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically-elected main chamber, then dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, reversing a key accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Sisi, the latest man from the military to rule Egypt, ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood after mass protests against him. The elections, repeatedly postponed, will now take place over two rounds on Oct 18-19 and Nov 22-23 .The Islamist Nour Party, which came second in the last election, will take part.
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