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Egypt's Ruling Party Wins 70 Percent in First Vote Round

Egyptian officials say the ruling National Democratic Party has won about 70 percent of seats at stake in the first round of parliamentary voting.

Justice Minister Mahmoud Abu el-Leil says the ruling party claimed 112 seats, and the banned Muslim Brotherhood won 34 seats, more than doubling its presence.

He said independent groups won 13 seats, and opposition candidates took five others.

Election monitors have said the vote earlier this month was marred by violence, vote buying and voter registration fraud.

Egypt is to hold a second round of voting Sunday, and the third and final stage on December first.

The ruling party is expected to retain control over the 454-member parliament, where it holds 90 percent of the seats.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.