Egypt: 80 supporters of Islamic candidate detained

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November 20, 2005 01:02
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Police have detained more than 80 supporters of an Islamist candidate standing in Sunday's elections, the second round of Egypt's legislative polls. The candidate, Abdel Hamed el-Senoussi, cried foul, claiming that the detainees, who include his brother Badri, should be working for him Sunday as election monitors and campaign staff. A police official in Qena, southern Egypt, confirmed more than 80 of el-Senoussi's supporters were detained Friday and Saturday, but he would not give a reason. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity. El-Senoussi is standing as an independent, but is widely regarded as the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned but tolerated organization that is not allowed to field its own list.


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