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After 3 Years Without Parliament, Egypt Announces Elections in October

Having been without a parliament since 2012, Egyptians will be heading back to the poll stations this October.

In the first election since the ousting of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt will hold long-delayed parliamentary elections on October 17-22, 2015 the Election Commission said on Sunday. Ayman Abbas, head of Egypt’s Supreme Election Committee, announced 14 administrative regions will vote on October 17 and 18, while the 13 remaining regions, including Cairo, will vote on November 21 and 22, according to the BBC.

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012, when a court dissolved the democratically elected People’s Assembly, dominated by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The elections had been scheduled to be the first in the road map after the military took power in July 2013 and toppled the ex-president Mohammed Morsi. Originally set to be held last March, they were postponed again after a court ruled that a part of the election law was unconstitutional.

The announcement was made in a context of political instability, crackdown on dissent, and the absence of a parliament, with president Sisi exercising legislative authority to restrain political freedoms but also introduced economic reforms.

The House of Representatives is made up of 568 seats, with 448 elected as individuals and 120 through winner-takes-all lists, with quotas for women, Christians and youth. The president may appoint a number of people to the house, not exceeding five per cent of its makeup.