Egypt holds parliament runoffs amid fraud claims

December 5, 2010 09:46


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CAIRO — Egyptians are voting in parliamentary runoff elections a week after President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party scored a sweeping victory in a first round of balloting that the opposition says was tainted with fraud.

The country's two main opposition groups — the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood and the liberal Wafd party — are boycotting Sunday's runoffs to protest the alleged fraud.

The Brotherhood controlled a fifth of the outgoing parliament but failed to win a single seat in the first round on November 28. The small Wafd party won two seats last week.

Sunday's voting will decide the fate of more than 50 percent of the next parliament's seats.

Of parliament's 518 seats, 508 are contested. Mubarak appoints 10 lawmakers.

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