CAIRO — Egypt's opposition called the results of parliamentary elections invalid on Tuesday claiming vote rigging appears to have secured an overwhelming victory for the ruling party.
The liberal Wafd party said that the government had violated a "presidential promise" to have free and fair elections and that in the absence of credible supervision of the elections, fraud had been rampant.
The party statement, carried in its newspaper before the announcement of official results, accused the ruling National Democratic party of "raping" its legitimacy by depending on thugs and "undemocratic" practices, such as ballot stuffing, to win.
The election "witnessed the massacre of democracy and freedom in Egypt," the statement said. "The ruling party's undemocratic practices ... raped its legitimacy with its assault on the law and the constitution."
Mohammed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and best organized opposition force in the country, also said the government had broken its promise to hold clean elections, but said the group would not resort to violence.