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Egypt Holds Second Round of Parliamentary Elections

Egyptian citizens in a number of provinces are voting Sunday in the second round of parliamentary elections.

More than 1,700 candidates are competing in 72 constituencies in the nine second- round provinces. The first round of voting, centered on Cairo, ended Wednesday amid accusations from monitoring organizations and opposition parties of widespread irregularities.

Officials say the ruling National Democratic Party won 112 of the 454 parliament seats in the first round. Candidates associated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood won 34 seats, more than doubling its presence.

Meanwhile, leaders of the banned group say police arrested about 200 of its members before polling began today. Brotherhood Essam el-Erian says the arrests indicate ruling party interference in the election.

The third and final stage of voting is set for December 1.

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