Monday, 29 November 2010

Egyptian parliamentary election marred by violence and fears of corruption

The Egyptian parliamentary election took place amid clashes between the opposition and the security forces. There have also been unconfirmed reports of violence outside the capital involving the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) supporters and the main opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

MB supporters said they were prevented from voting, accusing the Egyptian government of corruption and rigging. "There's no voting going on, just rigging. It's a disgrace," said one voter.

Protests have continued during the night over the conduct of Sunday's Egyptian parliamentary elections, which the opposition claimed were marred by fraud. Backers of the MB gathered outside polling stations in Alexandria, an MB stronghold, where most of the stand-offs between the MB supporters and backers of the NDP occurred.

Many of the 42 million voters, eligible to cast their ballots, stayed at home fearing Election Day violence. Early inductions suggest that President Hosni Mubarak's NDP party may win an unfeasibly large victory, further fuelling speculation over the integrity of these elections.

In 2005, the MB won about a fifth of the seats, standing as independent candidates. Critics of the Egyptian government are wondering whether the officially banned MB will retain its position as the biggest opposition group.

Source: BBC News

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