Egyptian parliament launches Facebook page
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CAIRO: The Egyptian Parliament launched Monday its Facebook page, days after the end of the second and final phase of long-awaited parliamentary elections.

The page has garnered 236 likes since it was launched Monday evening at 05:00 p.m. Cairo local time.

Egypt’s House of Representatives comprises of 596 members, with 448 elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president.

The overall turnout in the parliamentary elections, which took place in October and November stood at 28.3 percent, head of the High Elections Committee (HEC) Ayman Abbas announced in a news conference Friday.

A total of 15,206,010 out of 53,786,762 eligible voters had cast ballots, said Abbas.

Egypt has not had a parliament since June 2012, after the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly was dissolved per a court order about six months after its election.

The parliamentary elections are the final step in a roadmap set out by then-Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al Sisi in 2013 when the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi from power following a mass protest against his rule.

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