There have been angry protests in Egypt at parliamentary elections denounced as rigged by opposition groups and activists.
Claims of fraud and bullying marred Sunday’s vote in which the main opposition Muslim Brotherhood says its presence in parliament was all but wiped out.
Other voices, too, were scathing.
“The non-implementation of law and judicial rulings, preventing civil society from participating and controlling the media all raise serious doubts about the elections,” claimed Hafez Abu Saada, of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.
Analysts predicted President Hosni Mubarak’s government would push its Islamist critics to the margins of formal politics before next year’s presidential race. Mubarak, 82, has not yet said if he will run.
euronews correspondent in Cairo, Mohamed Elhamy, said that according to preliminary results, Mubarak’s National Democratic Party will sweep the board in parliament. The opposition’s share has declined with the Muslim Brotherhood blaming violence and unprecedented fraud.