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Egyptians Vote in Runoff Election Amid Fraud Allegations


Egypt voters

Egypt voters

Egyptians are casting ballots Sunday in parliamentary runoff elections expected to bring a landslide victory to President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

The party is likely to capture all but a handful of seats after the two largest opposition groups pulled out of the elections, alleging fraud in last Sunday's first round of voting.

The Muslim Brotherhood and Wafd opposition parties have announced plans to submit election violation complaints to the country's attorney general.

In a Friday statement, the Muslim Brotherhood said the complaints include allegations of bullying and abuse by the National Democratic Party and its supporters.

The NDP captured 209 seats outright in the first round of voting. Four secular opposition parties won five seats, and independents won seven seats.

The Muslim Brotherhood failed to win a single seat outright in the first round of balloting, although the group won about one-fifth of seats in 2005 elections. The group is outlawed in Egypt, but runs its candidates as independents.

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

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