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Last round of voting for Egyptian parliament

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Last round of voting for Egyptian parliament


Egyptians are going to the polls on Tuesday in the third and final round of parliamentary elections.

The 150-member assembly elected is supposed to oversee transition from military rule.

The first two rounds produced a high turn-out from the 14 million eligible voters across the nine regions. Independent monitors largely praised those polls as having been free from vote rigging and intimidation which were previously used to hand certain victory to the former Mubarak regime.

But since then there have been developments to cause concern for Western observers.

Last week police raided offices of pro-democracy and rights groups, disrupting the work of monitors and leading to accusations that the army is attempting to discourage oversight of the election.

Opposition groups are increasingly concerned at what they see as the slow pace of reform. 17 people have been killed in the past month as protesters continue to demand the military step aside.

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