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Egypt votes amid allegations of fraud

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Egypt votes amid allegations of fraud


Egyptians went to the polls on Sunday in the second round of parliamentary elections amid allegations the contest has been rigged.

President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party is set to secure an overwhelming victory after the Muslim Brotherhood and the liberal Wafd party withdrew from the poll.

Both groups argue the election is a fix after they won just two seats between them in the first round.

Two hundred and twenty seats were decided in the first round. Candidates for 287 are being chosen today.

Polling stations were set to close at 1800 CET.

Analysts say Mubarak wants to weaken the opposition ahead of the next presidential election in 2011.

Officials say the 82-year-old wants to extend his three-decade rule by seeking another six-year term.

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