Egyptians are electing their first parliament since the army overthrew president Mohammed Morsi two years ago. Officials say the ballot is the final step in the transition towards democracy introduced by the army.
Parliamentarians clashed in the chamber after the deputy parliamentary speaker announced the result. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP party supported the bill's passage.
Ahmed Shafiq, the former Egyptian prime minister seen as the major potential opposition in the 2018 election, will not run. Shafiq listed his five years away from Egypt in the UAE as one of the reasons for his decision.
Moussa Mustafa Moussa, the head of Egypt's liberal Ghad party, is set challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in March's presidential election. Moussa's candidacy is not expected to dent el-Sissi's chances of victory.
For the first time since 1999, parliamentary elections will be held in Nepal on Sunday. However, the vote may not change much in the politically unstable country, says Julia Strasheim from the Helmut Schmidt Foundation.
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