Egypt's Parliamentary Vote Marred by Violence, Intimidation
01 December 2005
In Egypt, the final round of legislative elections has been marred by violence and police interference, after Islamist candidates made large gains in the previous two rounds of voting.
In the town of Baltim, near Kafr el-Sheikh, human rights and medical officials say one opposition supporter was killed and dozens injured in clashes with police.
VOA's correspondent, who is the northeastern town of Zigazag Thursday, reports riot police have blocked polling stations and intimidated voters in the town, which is a stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood. Police interference has also been reported in other constituencies where opposition candidates have strong support.
This final phase of voting will decide 136 of parliament's 444 elected seats. President Hosni Mubarak will appoint the remaining 10 seats. Candidates endorsed by the Muslim Brotherhood have won 76 seats so far, up from 15 seats in the outgoing assembly.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.
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