Failure of the Egyptian opposition in parliamentary elections
Egypt, Politics, 11/12/2005
The almost final results of the first phase of the Egyptian parliamentary elections revealed the failure of several opposition members, while ministers and senior leaders of the ruling party won the elections.
In Ban al-Shaareyah district in Cairo governorate, the first surprise was made in the defeat of the chairman of al-Ghad party Ayman Nour who came second after President Hosni Mubarak in the presidential elections before the candidate of the national party Yahya al-Qahdan.
The results indicated that Nour got only 7.6% of the votes in the circle which is considered his main center of power, that he had represented at the parliament for ten years. Nour is facing accusations of falsifying papers used to found his party. A matter which he denies strongly, stressing that the government had fabricated this case against him.
The second surprise was the failure of the candidate for the opposition al-Wafd party, one of its main leaders Munir Fakhri Abdul Nour. Abdul Nour considered that what had happened was "a shame." He said that the elections lists were not controlled and that the buying of votes was made in open in the streets in front os the committees, besides the mass registration which stands in contradiction to the law for the state's employees and the government's administration who receive instructions from their bosses to vote for the ruling national party, as he alleged.
Mona Makram Obeid also lost in her circle and the Naserite party got no seat.
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