Official: Egypt\'s Ruling Party Gets Over 85 Percent of Parliament Seats
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's party won more than 85 percent of the
Parliamentary seats following a month of elections that ended Tuesday, Interior Minister Habib al-Adli said Wednesday.
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) has won 388 of parliament's 454 seats, or 85.46 percent of the total, Adli said in a statement on state television.
Two seats remain to be decided in a re-vote after voting was cancelled in one constituency.
Reports, however, confirm that two more Muslim Brotherhood members won seats in Egypt's parliament in the final day of elections, giving them at least 16 seats in the chamber, the organization and initial results showed Wednesday.
The wins gave the outlawed Islamist movement, which has been absent from parliament for a decade, the largest opposition bloc in the People's Assembly.
The two winners -- Ali Fath al-Bab in the Helwan district, south of Cairo, and Azab Mustafa in Giza -- were among seven candidates competing in the final day of voting Tuesday for the Brotherhood.
Muslim Brother Shaaban Mohammed Kamel complained that the movement's other hopefuls had been squeezed out of parliament by a security clampdown which the movement claims forcibly prevented their supporters from voting.
The Brotherhood could have two more seats if their candidates eventually win in an Alexandria re-vote after a first-round election was cancelled. The date for the vote has not yet been set.
The (NDP) won 48 of the 125 seats up for grabs in the final day of voting Tuesday, giving them at least 304 of parliament's 454 members, while independents candidates won 67, according to preliminary results published by Egypt's state-run MENA news agency -- CAIRO (AFP)
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