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Egypt to hold parliamentary elections on 18, 19 October

Sep 2, 2015 As Egypt takes its final steps towards democracy, the election commission recently announced that the long-awaited parliamentary election is due to hold in two phases starting from October 18th.

This was announced by Ayman Abbas, Head of the High Elections Committee during a press conference:

“The election process will be held in its electoral districts outside the Arab Republic of Egypt on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October 2015. The internal elections for these districts will be held on Sunday and Monday 18-19 October 2015,”

The first phase of voting was due to begin in March; however the election was delayed after a court ruled part of the election law as being unconstitutional.

According to the Elections Committee, the second phase of voting will take place between November 22nd and 23rd.

“The internal elections for these districts will be held on Sunday and Monday 22-23 November 2015.”

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber. The dissolution reversed a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

In 2013, then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, went on to become president after overthrowing the country’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi.

Since the overthrow of President Morsi, the military has launched a crackdown on the Islamist movement which has seen more than 1,500 people dead.

As Egypt takes its final steps towards democracy, the election commission recently announced that the long-awaited parliamentary election is due to hold in two phases starting from October 18th.

This was announced by Ayman Abbas, Head of the High Elections Committee during a press conference:

“The election process will be held in its electoral districts outside the Arab Republic of Egypt on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October 2015. The internal elections for these districts will be held on Sunday and Monday 18-19 October 2015,”

The first phase of voting was due to begin in March; however the election was delayed after a court ruled part of the election law as being unconstitutional.

According to the Elections Committee, the second phase of voting will take place between November 22nd and 23rd.

“The internal elections for these districts will be held on Sunday and Monday 22-23 November 2015.”

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber. The dissolution reversed a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

In 2013, then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, went on to become president after overthrowing the country’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi.

Since the overthrow of President Morsi, the military has launched a crackdown on the Islamist movement which has seen more than 1,500 people dead.

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