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Article published the Monday 29 November 2010 - Latest update : Monday 29 November 2010

Experts say Egyptian elections have been rigged

Security forces recover from clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside a polling station


Early estimates put voter turnout in the Egyptian elections at just 25 per cent, slightly lower than five years ago. Counting is underway despite violence at several polling stations on Sunday during the country's legislative elections.

Police say supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and police officers were injured during clashes in the city of Samanud. The Brotherhood says its candidates' representatives were ejected from polling stations and attacked by police when they protested.

Kristina Kausch, Egypt expert

“One of the strongest opposition parties in parliament is the Muslim Brotherhood”, says Kristina Kausch, an Egypt expert at the Foundation for International Relations and Dialogue in Madrid.

“One of the main outcomes expected, is that the representation of the Muslim  Brotherhood will be significantly reduced. Right now they have 88 seats, which is around 20 per cent, and people estimate they may have just 15 to 20 seats left”.

“The newer more dynamic opposition parties all boycotted these elections and the few who didn’t all have good relations with the regime. But they don’t have a stronghold in the population and they’re expected to end up the strongest parties, which is a clear sign the elections are rigged”.

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