Egypt's parliamentary election run-off begins

By REUTERS
October 27, 2015 10:43

The first phase of Egypt's parliamentary election run-off kicked off on Tuesday in 14 out of the country's 27 governantes.

All but four of the 226 individual seats up for grabs in round one will be contested in run-offs between leading candidates to take place after none of those running clinched more than 50 percent of the vote.

The main opposition Muslim Brotherhood, which won almost half the seats in 2011-12, has been banned and declared a terrorist group. Thousands of its members are behind bars and its supporters boycotted the vote.

The new parliament will comprise 568 members - 448 elected on an individual basis and 120 through winner-takes-all lists.

Egypt has had no parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, then dominated by the Brotherhood.


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