At Least 148 Detained after Egyptian Election Violence
At least 148 people were ordered detained for two weeks on Monday in connection with riots that flared in the Nile Delta during parliamentary elections on Saturday, prosecutors said.
The Egyptians were under investigation for allegedly throwing rocks and bricks at security forces in the towns of Mansura, Simbillawein and Manzala, the prosecutors said.
Supporters of Islamist candidates in the three towns protested that they had been prevented from voting by government security troops who fired teargas at them.
Violent clashes between Islamist supporters and police across Nile Delta voting areas left four people dead and dozens wounded as residents charged that they had been turned away from heavily guarded polling stations.
Egyptians voted Saturday for members of parliament in the runoffs of the second stage of a month of voting which winds up November 14.
Sixteen Islamist candidates have so far won seats against 233 from the ruling National Democratic Party, a score of unaffiliated independents and around a dozen other opposition politicians in the first two-thirds of voting – CAIRO (AFP)
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