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Egyptians start voting for revived upper house of parliament

11/8/2020 15:28
        Egyptians started voting for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases.
        
        Authorities have said face masks would be handed out to voters for free and polling stations were disinfected ahead of the balloting to ease concerns amid the pandemic.
        
        The vote is mostly a symbolic exercise as the Senate — unlike the House of Representatives, the lower chamber — has no legislative powers and will have mainly in an advisory role. It replaces the Shura Council, which was dissolved in 2014.
        



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