The Egyptian army has ousted democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi and announced fresh elections.
Almost half of Egypt, including the capital Cairo, was voting on Sunday in the second stage of parliamentary elections. The vote will produce the country's first legislature since the chamber was dissolved in 2012
Egyptians largely stayed away from the polls Sunday in the first phase of a parliamentary election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hailed as a milestone for Egypt's democracy. Critics, however, branded it a sham.
Following reports of low voter turnout, Egypt's cabinet has issued a decree offering a 'half-day off' for government employees. Without a real opposition, the elections are expected to seal President el-Sissi's rule.
Egyptians are electing their first parliament since the 2013 coup that overthrew President Morsi. But, as Naomi Conrad reports from Cairo, amid a climate of intimidation and repression, many are boycotting the elections.