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Apathy dominates Senate elections in Egypt

While Egyptians voted this week for members of the newly created Senate, many experts say the elections will not bring about change in Egypt’s political sphere as most candidates have the approval of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

CAIRO — Egyptians went to the polls Aug. 11-12 to vote for members of the newly created Senate, the upper house of parliament that has only an advisory role, with restrictive measures in place to stem the resurgence of coronavirus cases. 

Alaa Ashry, like many other Egyptians, was more preoccupied with his daily affairs than casting a ballot. “My vote will not change anything. There is no real competition between the candidates to elect an ineffective advisory council,” Ashry told Al-Monitor. 

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