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New Egyptian parliament has opened

The Egyptian parliament elected in the nation's first election following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak nearly a year ago has opened its inaugural session.

The 498-seat chamber dominated by Islamists is expected to elect a speaker and two deputies.

The session was led by the oldest politician, Mahmoud el-Saqqah.

Starting on November 28 and lasting several weeks, the parliamentary election was the freest in Egypt's modern history.


From Belfast Telegraph