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Egypt announces elections for October and November

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Ayman Abbas, head of Egypt’s Supreme Election Committee, said on Sunday that half the governorates will vote on October 18 and 19.

A second stage of voting will take place for the remaining governorates on November 22 and 23.

Voters outside Egypt will cast ballots in a first stage on October 17 and 18, and a second stage on November 21 and 22.

The first phase of voting was due to begin in March, but the election was delayed after a court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional.

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012, when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing an accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

In its absence, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who was elected in presidential elections in May last year, holds legislative authority.

In just over a year of his tenure, he has passed dozens of laws by decree.

As army chief, Sisi led the 2013 ousting of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi. Al Jazeera

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