Egyptian voting underway amid Brotherhood boycott

Voting for Egyptian local councils got underway Tuesday while Muslim Brotherhood movement was boycotting the vote in protest against a government crackdown against its candidates.

Egyptian voting underway amid Brotherhood boycott
Voting for Egyptian local councils got underway Tuesday with only 1,000 of the councils' 52,000 seats while Muslim Brotherhood movement was boycotting the vote in protest against a government crackdown against its candidates.

The ruling National Democratic Party (NPD) headed into the elections unopposed for 45,000 seats, while NPD candidates were vying against each other for another 6,000 council seats.

The remaining 1,000 seats were being contested by NPD candidates as well as by those from the opposition political parties Wafd, Nassiry and Tagamo.

The Muslim Brotherhood movement was boycotting the vote in protest against a government crackdown against its candidates.

Only 20 out of 6,000 Muslim Brotherhood members were accepted as candidates, prompting the group to boycott the election.
Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2008, 16:44
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