Egyptians have started voting in parliamentary elections critics question will make any difference.
Parliamentary elections are under way in Egypt, in a step meant to transition to democracy after two years of unrest and violence. Egypt has had no parliament since 2012.
A coup carried out by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, then minister of defence, a year later saw the Muslim Brotherhood banned and branded a terrorist organisation. The opposition was also silenced through a number of repressive measures.
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Sisi went on to become Egypt’s president last year. Many crictics now say the next parliament will largely back Sisi.
So, will Egypt’s next parliament make any difference?
Presenter: Martine Dennis
Samer Shehata – Associate Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
Maha Azzam – Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council.
Salah Abou-El-Fadl – Member of the Social Democratic Party in Egypt.