Egyptians vote in second stage of parliamentary elections
Published 22/11/2015 | 09:11
Egyptians in nearly half the country, including the capital Cairo, are voting in the second stage of parliamentary elections that will produce the country's first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.
Tens of thousands of troops and policemen are deployed to safeguard the two-day vote, which began Sunday, reflecting growing security concerns less than a month after a suspected explosive device brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
The extremist Islamic State group's local affiliate claimed responsibility for the October 31 attack, dealing a crushing blow to Egypt's vital tourism sector and leading to an overhaul of security at Egyptian airports.
The new legislature is due to hold its inaugural session next month.