Turnout low in Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary election

October 18, 2015 12:11 PM

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CAIRO: Egyptians turned out in low numbers on Sunday to vote in the first phase of an election hailed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a milestone on the road to democracy but shunned by critics who say the new chamber will rubber stamp his decisions.

With most of Sisi's opponents behind bars, critics say the new chamber is unlikely to challenge the former army chief who toppled Egypt's first freely-elected president in 2013.

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