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Pro-government party sweeps parliamentary elections in Egypt

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Cairo: Supporters of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi swept Egypt’s parliamentary elections as the official results of the last round of elections were announced today.

A total of about 15 million voters of over 53 million eligible cast their ballot during the two round of elections.

The number represents a 28.3 percentage of total voters, Ayman Abbas, the head of the higher election committee said.

El-Sisi’s supporting alliance For Love of Egypt won all the 120 seats contested under the party list system in both phases, said Abbas.

Independent candidates had won 316 seats, while party members won 239 seats. The higher percentage of voters was in the North Sinai governorate with 41.06 percentage.

North Sinai has witnessed many violent and terrorist attacks since the 2011 revolution that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The attack increased after the ousting of ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the army following mass protests against his rule.

Egypt has been without a parliament since the previous parliament, elected in late 2011, was dissolved in June 2012 after a court ruled electoral laws in place to be unconstitutional. El-Sisi currently holds legislative powers.

Once a parliament is elected, its members will have to vote on all laws issued by El-Sisi and his predecessor, interim president Adly Mansour.