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Egyptians elect new parliament

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The first round of parliamentary elections is taking place in Egypt today and tomorrow. Around 63 million voters are called upon to cast their votes. The majority of the 4,000 candidates are on the government side. Critics see the parliament as a democratic facade for the authoritarian government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has been cracking down on his critics for years.

Many representatives of the fragmented opposition are imprisoned, and dozens of journalists are also in prison. Most parties have little popular support. Observers therefore also look at voter turnout as a measure of the support of the government in the population. Elections are due to take place over the weekend in 14 administrative districts, on November 7th and 8th in the remaining 13. The result is expected on December 14th.