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Egypt's Opposition Reports Heavy Election Losses


Egypt's opposition says its candidates were heavily defeated in parliamentary elections on November 28 in a vote which the opposition says was rigged.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest opposition party, said none of its 130 candidates won a seat in the November 28 vote.

Brotherhood spokesman Abdel Galil sl-Sharnoubi said they either lost to President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party, or face a December 5 runoff.

The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned, but in 2005 its candidates, standing as independents, won a fifth of the seats in parliament.

The liberal New Wafd party also said it has no winners in the first round, while a few of its candidates will go into runoffs. Official results are expected on November 30.
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