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Egypt's Ruling Party Set to Keep Majority in Parliament


The ruling party of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks set to retain its two-thirds majority in the 454-seat parliament, following Thursday's final round of legislative voting.

Preliminary results Friday indicate the National Democratic Party won at least 120 seats in the first two rounds and at least four seats Thursday. It will have about 125 candidates competing in next week's run-off. That run-off will be held in districts where no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote.

Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, won 76 seats in the first two phases, but none on Thursday. However, 35 of the candidates it endorsed qualified to compete in the run-off.

Brotherhood officials accuse authorities of manipulating the vote. They point to widespread reports of police interference at polling centers in opposition strongholds, and to the arrest of hundreds of Brotherhood supporters.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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