Egypt Sets October Election Date

Egypt Sets October Election DateEgypt Sets October Election Date

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election in two phases starting October 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday.

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, France24 reported.

The second phase will take place on November 22-23, the election commission told a news conference.

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

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

Then military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who went on to become president, toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 after protests against his rule.

The army then announced a “roadmap to democracy” in Egypt, the most populous Arab state and close ally of Western powers.

That announcement was followed by the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt’s history. Security forces killed hundreds at street protests and thousands were arrested and imprisoned.

Sisi says the election is proof of Egypt’s commitment to democracy. In just over a year of his tenure, he has passed dozens of laws by decree.