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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Mubarak Weakens Opposition

As al-Ghad leader Ayman Nour loses his parliamentary seat in Wednesday's first-round election.

"What happened today is not an election," Mr Nour told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

It's not all doom and gloom though. Run-offs will be needed for about 80 percent of the 164 seats, however the Muslim Brotherhood, sends 42 candidates to a second vote, in addition to securing 3 seats.

It's too early to say how the parliament will shape up, but is likely to be largely NDP (National Democratic Party). The 'reforms' Mubarak is talking about are likely to be far more significant than the elections to, what is currently, a rubber-stamp legislature.


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