Egypt in final stage of People’s Assembly elections

05 January 2012

Military council says Shura Council elections will be concluded ahead of schedule

Egypt has entered its third and final stage of voting to elect representatives to sit in the country’s lower house of parliament, the People’s Assembly. Voting took place in nine provinces, including al-Gharbiya, North Sinai and South Sinai, on 3-4 January. Run-off elections will be held on 10-11 January.

Islamist groups are poised to take a healthy majority of the seats, as the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has secured most votes in the first two rounds.

Voting for members of Egypt’s Upper House, the Shura Council, are set to follow in three stages starting at the end of January. These elections have been expedited in the face of opposition to the military council, which is overseeing the transition to a democratic government.

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