Election round 1: 170 NDP winners, 6 opposition, 0 Brotherhood

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Nov 2010

The final results of the parliamentary election are expected to deliver sweeping gains for the ruling party and crushing defeat for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hisham Khalil
Hisham Mustafa Khalil, the NDP candidate in the central Cairo District of Qasr El-Nil (poster foreground) easily defeated prominent opposition candidate Gamila Ismail (poster back) in the first round of the election (photo: Reuters)

Preliminary result tallies show that the National Democratic Party (NDP) has won some 170 of the 508 contested parliamentary seats, while the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's main opposition group, failed to win a single seat in the first round of the election.

Legal opposition parties won just six seats in the first round, two of which went to the liberal Wafd party, namely Safir Nour from Cairo, and Mosaad El-Meleigy from Port Said.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which previously held 88 seats, or one fifth of the parliament, denounced the vote as "rigged and invalid".

The Islamist group said it failed to win any seats outright in the first round of voting and that just 21 of its candidates were sure of making it into next Sunday's run-offs. Thirteen of the 222 Wafd candidates will make it to the run-offs.

"An assembly without opposition", ran the headline of the independent daily Al-Shurouk, adding that in the second-round run-off next Sunday, "the NDP will essentially be competing against itself."

Egyptians voted last Sunday for the 508 elected seats in the lower house, or People's Assembly. 

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