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Protestors in front of SEC headquarters call to dissolve parliament

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Dozens of protesters rallied just a few steps away from the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) headquarters in Heliopolis on Sunday, calling for the dissolution of the parliament amid rampant vote rigging and fraud in the People’s Assembly (PA) elections. The demonstration which kicked off after 6 pm was organized by members of …

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Divisions within Al Tagammu Party amplify following decision to participate in runoffs

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Members of Al Tagammu Party condemned the party’s decision to participate in the run-off parliamentary elections, and have called for the resignation of Al Tagammu Party Leader Refaat Al Saied. Al Tagammu Party members from 15 governorates held a sit-in at the party’s headquarters on Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm …

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Egypt goes to polls as opposition cries foul

By Samer Al-Atrush /AFP CAIRO: Egypt went to the polls on Sunday for second-round runoffs in a parliamentary election that President Hosni Mubarak’s party is poised to win almost unopposed in the face of an opposition boycott. At one polling station in Cairo shortly after polls opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT), police outnumbered the few …

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Opposition groups protest election fraud ahead of runoffs

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Opposition groups protested “the rigging and fraud of the People’s Assembly elections” in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate on Saturday, a day before the runoff elections, with protesters calling for discrediting the PA. “The Journalists’ Syndicate is holding this sit-in to support its members like Hamdeen Sabahy and Mostafa Bakry who lost …

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Police force downtown protest over elections fraud to relocate

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: A number of opposition parties and groups organized a protest against parliamentary “elections fraud” at the Journalists’ Syndicate on Sunday afternoon, after security prevented them from gathering at Tahrir Square as planned. Among the protestors were members of ElBaradei Support Association (BSA) and the Free Front for Peaceful Change. “We are here …

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Copt candidate blames NDP ‘Islamists’ for Egypt poll defeat

By AFP CAIRO: A Coptic opposition candidate defeated in a parliamentary poll accused “extremist” Islamic elements in the ruling party on Friday of trying to further marginalize Egypt’s beleaguered Christian minority. “The situation in Egypt is very serious. There is an extremist wing targeting the Christians,” Mona Makram Ebeid told AFP. Ebeid, who contested a …

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Brotherhood denies kidnapping candidate prior to runoffs

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) denied accusations that it kidnapped Magdy Ashour, an MB-affiliated parliamentary candidate in Al-Nozha district of Cairo, to prevent him from contesting in the runoff election on Sunday in defiance of the MB decision to boycott it. Saad El-Katatni, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, told Daily News …

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Sour grapes behind Egypt opposition boycott, says NDP

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling party said on Saturday that an opposition boycott of a second round of polling in a parliamentary election was nothing but a case of sour grapes on the part of losing candidates. The National Democratic Party, which swept the first round on Nov. 28, is tipped to win all but …

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Opposition female candidates say women’s quota proved ‘a failure’

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Female opposition candidates said the 64-seat quota allocated for women in the 2010 parliamentary elections proved a “failure” and described it as “a method to guarantee the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDP) additional seats in the People’s Assembly.” “The quota law failed miserably, it resulted in merely adding seats in parliament in …

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Egypt ruling party ‘damaged’ by opposition boycott

By Simon Martelli / AFP CAIRO: The withdrawal of the main opposition parties from Egypt’s election after alleged fraud and violence leaves the ruling party with a monopoly in parliament but its credibility dented, experts say. “The pullout of the opposition adds to the legitimacy crisis. It means the opposition are no longer buying into the …

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Al-Wafd says to fire candidates defying runoff election boycott

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Al-Wafd opposition party will fire the dissident members who decided to compete in the People’s Assembly (PA) runoff elections despite the party’s withdrawal, spokesman Mohamed Sherdy told Daily News Egypt on Friday. According to the Supreme Electoral Commission, if any of the three Al-Wafd candidates wins in the runoff, the Law …

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Editorial: Long live the NDP!

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: The people of Egypt have spoken, and according to the results of the first round of parliamentary elections held last Sunday, they have collectively chosen the National Democratic Party. To the sore losers who claim that the elections were rigged, the NDP and the venerable electoral commission that supports it, have …

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Al-Wafd confirms pulling out of runoff elections

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Al-Wafd Party confirmed Thursday that it will withdraw from the runoff elections on Dec. 5 along with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), amid wide accusations of fraud and violations in the parliamentary elections. “The Wafd will stand united with the nation against those who tried to steal and appropriate their vote/voice. The Wafd …

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Egypt rejects US criticism of election

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday sharply rejected US criticism of the way its parliamentary election was conducted, calling it “unacceptable interference” in the country’s domestic affairs. Foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said US statements on Sunday’s poll only reinforced the view that Washington had adopted “negative and predetermined stances towards” the election. The US …

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Al-Wafd, MB withdraw from elections as reactions mixed to first round results

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The results of the first round of voting in the parliamentary elections were announced Tuesday evening, as civil society groups and opposition parties reiterated allegations that voting was marred by serious electoral violations. Opposition party Al-Wafd is calling for a cancellation of the elections. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which emerged from the …

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Egypt Facebook user jailed over army recruit group: lawyer

By AFP CAIRO: An Egyptian military court has sentenced a man to six months in jail for starting a Facebook group to give advice to would-be army recruits, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Ahmed Hassan Bassyouni was advising Facebook users on how to enter the armed services and to prepare the necessary papers, Gamal Eid …

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Released journalist recounts mistreatment, says will continue to write

By Heba Afify CAIRO: Five days after the general prosecutor dropped the drug and knife possession charges against him and ordered his release, Al-Badeel journalist Youssef Shaaban was freed after spending 10 days in incarceration. In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Shaaban recounted the tough conditions of his incarceration and the lack of information provided …

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In Focus: Politics of Revenge

By Khalil Al-Anani CAIRO: The sole outcome of the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections is a powerless assembly. With no surprise in the sweeping victory of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), the elections revealed its hideous face. For the sake of the analysis, one has to evoke the shadow of 2005 elections to grasp what happened …

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US criticizes Mideast ally Egypt’s elections

By Agencies WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday raised serious questions about the fairness of Egypt’s weekend parliamentary elections, saying it was disappointed by widespread reports of irregularities that cast doubt on the credibility of the polls in the strong US ally. The State Department said it had closely followed the campaign and …

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MB says NDP rigged votes, mulls withdrawing from elections

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood accused Tuesday the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of ballot-rigging during this week’s People’s Assembly (PA) elections, and said it is considering pulling out of the race. In a press conference held just hours before the official election results were announced, head of the MB Mohamed Badie said …

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Opposition supporters demonstrate after flawed elections

By Maggie Michael and Paul Schemm /AP CAIRO: Demonstrations and riots swept across Egypt Monday protesting alleged fraud by the ruling party in parliamentary elections in which the opposition said its candidates had been heavily defeated. The complaints were backed up by a coalition of local and international rights groups that observed Sunday’s elections and said …

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Preliminary results show sweeping victory for NDP in PA elections

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) won a sweeping victory in the first round of the People’s Assembly (PA) elections, according to preliminary results. On the other hand, none of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated candidates won any seats, while Al-Wafd opposition party got five. Fourteen Brotherhood candidates will compete again in the …

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Rights groups condemn election ‘chaos’

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Violence, polling station closures, vote forgery and restrictions on polling station monitors raise serious doubts about the probity of Sunday’s parliamentary elections, rights groups said Monday. Magdy Abdel-Hamid, director of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, said that the elections were characterized by “chaos, thuggery and violence.” The absence of monitoring …

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Egypt vote ‘rigged and invalid’, say Muslim Brotherhood

By AFP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s main opposition, said on Monday that the parliamentary election a day earlier was “rigged and invalid” and that government officials were falsifying the results. “These elections are rigged and invalid,” senior Brotherhood official Essam El-Erian told AFP. “All night the electoral committees in the different constituencies have produced …

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Sabahi to participate in run-off despite earlier withdrawal

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Hamdeen Sabahi, candidate in Al-Hamoul constituency in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, will participate in the run-off elections against National Democratic Party’s (NDP) candidate Essam Abdel Ghaffar despite withdrawing on Sunday. Hossam Mo’nes, manager of Sabahi’s campaign, said that the Karama Party founder and MP in the past parliament was reconsidering returning to the …

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Nour calls for forming ‘Alternative Parliament’

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Political dissident and founder of Al-Ghad Party Ayman Nour said his party doesn’t acknowledge the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Nour had earlier announced that Al-Ghad was boycotting the elections, although some of its top members ran, whether as independents or by announcing their affiliation to the party. In a statement issued …

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Voting irregularities at Helwan, Hadayek El-Kobba polls

By Sarah Carr HELWAN/CAIRO: Araby Farouq Mashhour, a representative of MP candidate Gomaa El-Badawy in El-Saf, explained that even though he had a general power of attorney (POA), he was told at the polling station that it has to be stamped in either a security directorate or a police station, neither of which consented to do …

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Alexandria votes amid accusations of violations and misinformation

By Heba Fahmy ALEXANDRIA: Egypt’s much anticipated People’s Assembly (PA) elections kicked off Sunday amid accusations from opposition groups about violations in Alexandria. Many independent and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated candidates said that none of their representatives were allowed inside the polling stations, despite the fact that they had notarized permits. “I was talking to the chairmen of …

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Gov’t refutes rights groups’ report of 8 election-related deaths

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Human rights groups reported Sunday the deaths of eight people during the People’s Assembly (PA) elections, as well as 45 clashes and 180 total arrests by security forces. But the Ministry of Information and the Supreme Electoral Commission said that no one died in connection with the elections. According to the Nadim …

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MB candidate says violations committed in Shoubra El-Kheima

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed El-Beltagy accused the authorities Sunday of committing violations during the People’s Assembly (PA) elections in the western Shoubra El-Kheima constituency in favor of National Democratic Party (NDP) candidates. “My representatives were denied entry into the polling stations in Shoubra El-Kheima [in the Qaliubiya governorate], though they had …

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