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Brotherhood missing from ballots as Egypt readies to vote

Egyptians smoke water-pipes under a banner bearing portraits of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Giza district of the capital, Cairo, on October 14, 2015One party — the banned Muslim Brotherhood — will be conspicuously absent from ballot papers Sunday when Egypt’s voters head to the polls for long-delayed parliamentary elections. What had been Egypt’s main opposition group for decades fell foul of the authorities after army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and was elected to succeed him last year. Since overthrowing the senior Brotherhood figure, Sisi has overseen a deadly crackdown on the group in which hundreds were killed and thousands jailed, including most of the group’s leaders.

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