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Violence Mars Final Round of Egyptian Election

Spiraling violence continues to mar Egypt's parliamentary elections, with police and voters clashing in the northern part of the country, leaving two people dead.

Hospital officials in the town of Damietta say two people have been killed since polls opened Wednesday for the final round of run-off voting.

Voters in other parts of the country also have complained that they have been barred from polling stations in areas where opposition candidates are expected to do well.

President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party is expected to retain control in the 454-seat parliament, despite significant gains by candidates supported by the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The United States said Tuesday that reports of violence and voter intimidation raise serious concerns about the path of political reform in Egypt. In all, five people have been killed since the three-stage vote began November 9.

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