Egypt opposition party pulls out of elections

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 1, 2010 17:39

CAIRO — Egypt's oldest opposition party has announced it is pulling out of the elections because of widespread fraud.

Moataz Salah Eddin, spokesman for the liberal Wafd Party, said the party had decided to withdraw ahead of Sunday's election run off because of "fraud and thuggery" during the first round.

He told The Associated Press the party had received many complaints from members about fraud during elections.

"This is a message to those rigging elections," he said.

Ruling party candidates overwhelming won during the first round, with only a few seats going to the opposition.

The two members of the Wafd who won in the first round will serve in the new parliament as independents, he said.


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