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Egypt Islamists seek to maintain lead in 2nd round vote

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Egypt Islamists seek to maintain lead in 2nd round vote


Egypt’s rival Islamist groups were seeking to increase their gains in the second round of a parliamentary election taking place on Wednesday.

But supporters of other parties are still holding out hope that the eventual composition of parliament will reflect a wider diversity.

“We need a balanced government where almost all people should be represented. I think that even minority and very small groups should have some sort of representation in the parliament,” said one woman stood in line at a Cairo polling station.

The Muslim Brotherhood, its hardline Salafi rivals and a moderate faction won about two thirds of party-list votes in the first round.

But the Brotherhood has signalled it wants a broad coalition, not a narrow Islamist front, in an assembly whose main task is to choose a body to draft a new constitution; the focus of which is already a tussle between Egypt’s new politicians and its ruling military generals.

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