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Egypt's parliament begins first sitting

The 596-member body is dominated by supporters of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Egypt's first parliament in three years has started its sitting.

The 596-member body is dominated by supporters of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

It will spend its first two weeks ratifying bills produced by him since he took power in 2013.

Egypt's previous parliament sat in 2011 and 2012 before being dissolved by a court on technical grounds.

It was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood that has since been banned.

Many of the brotherhood's leaders have been jailed.

The brotherhood isn't present in the new legislature which is expected to rubber stamp the measures of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

It was elected in two stages late last year with a turnout of over 28 percent.

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