After delays, newly elected Egypt parliament to convene Jan. 10

CAIRO -- Egypt's recently elected parliament will convene on Jan. 10, more than three years after the last such assembly was dissolved by a court order, the state-run news agency said Thursday.

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The MENA report came weeks after elections were held amid low turnout, despite government efforts to boost participation. The chamber is widely expected to serve as a rubber stamp for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who as military chief led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Pro-government candidates won all 60 seats designated for lists, and the rest of the 596 seats went to independent candidates, most of whom support el-Sissi, as well as presidential appointees.

Voting was repeatedly delayed by debates over the election law, and the assembly was initially supposed to convene in December.



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