Egyptian girls wait as their mother votes at a polling station during the first round of the parliamentary election, in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)
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Egyptians turned out in low numbers Sunday to vote in 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.Young Egyptians who boycotted the election seemed deeply disillusioned with politics, while elderly people who support Sisi comprised a large number of the people who did vote.People in their 20s and 30s expressed serious doubt that the new parliament would challenge Sisi, who as army chief toppled Egypt's first freely elected president in 2013 then launched the fiercest crackdown on dissent in Egypt's modern history.Sisi, the latest man from the military to rule Egypt, ousted elected President Mohammad Morsi of the Brotherhood after mass protests against him.Sisi secured support from other opposition groups for ousting Morsi by promising a prompt parliamentary vote. The elections, repeatedly postponed, are now taking place over two rounds on Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 22-23 .
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