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Thursday 22 February 2018

Egyptians vote in second stage of parliamentary elections

An Egyptian woman casts her ballot (AP)
An Egyptian woman casts her ballot (AP)

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.

Press Association

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