Monday, December 6, 2010

Low Interest in Egyptian Runoff That Favors Ruling Party

Runoffs in Egypt’s parliament elections were held on Sunday where a general mood of public disinterest after it became clear from the first round that the ruling party was determined to eliminate any meaningful opposition. This pushed the two main opposition groups in Egypt to boycott Sunday’s runoff elections. According to a government-appointed commissioner following the first round, the Muslim Brotherhood party had 88 seats and had won no seats as along with the Wafd party who had 222 seats had only won 2 seats. For both groups, this served as a clear indication that President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling the National Democratic Party was intent on expunging any voices of opposition or dissent in the oncoming parliament.

By Ryan A.

Period 3

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