Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue109 2018

Last update19:14 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Archive > MB in International press
Muslim Brotherhood strongly supported in Egypt poll
Muslim Brotherhood strongly supported in Egypt poll
Muslim Brotherhood strongly supported in Egypt poll The Muslim Brotherhood has reaffirmed its position as Egypt’s main opposition force, more than doubling its seats in parliament in the early stages of legislative elections in spite of independent reports of fraud by the ruling National Democratic party (NDP).  “We won 34 seats and we could have won even more had t
Thursday, November 17,2005 00:00
by Ikhwan web

Muslim Brotherhood strongly supported in Egypt poll


The Muslim Brotherhood has reaffirmed its position as Egypt’s main opposition force, more than doubling its seats in parliament in the early stages of legislative elections in spite of independent reports of fraud by the ruling National Democratic party (NDP).

 
“We won 34 seats and we could have won even more had there not been wrongdoing,” Mohamed Habib, the Brotherhood’s deputy leader, said following first round run-offs yesterday.

The elections, spread across the country over a month in three two-round stages, are being scrutinised at home and in Washington for signs of commitment by President Hosni Mubarak’s regime to greater democracy.

The NDP is expected to retain overwhelming dominance of parliament and has won at least 68 of 164 seats contested so far, according to preliminary results. The party may reclaim dozens more seats that went to NDP renegades running as independents, if they rejoin the party as they have done in past polls.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned for half a century but may seek to use a greater presence in parliament to push its case for legitimisation. Its candidates had to run as independents, campaigning for greater political freedom and for the country’s laws to conform to Islamic strictures.

“We connect better with Egyptians and understand them better than others do,” Mr Habib said, commenting on the poor showing of other leftist and liberal parties that have won as few as six seats so far.

“What has allowed the Brotherhood to do well is their persistence, their sound and careful logistical planning and the fact that they placed unlimited resources in these elections,” said Mohamed Sayyed Said, deputy director of the Al Ahram Centre for Strategic and Political Studies.

“Other opposition parties have not managed to mobilise the youth like the Brotherhood has, which is one of its many strengths,” he said.

In a blow to a younger generation of reformers within the NDP, Dr Hossam Badrawi lost his seat in central Cairo to an independent. Dr Badrawi is among the few ruling party members who openly advocated speeding up the pace of political change.

tags: parlimentary elections / Democracy / politics / Egypt / parliament / opposition / freedom / NDP / rigged elections / MB Vs. NDP
Posted in MB in International press  
Print
Related Articles
Egypt‘s Parliamentary Elections:
Muslim Brotherhood: Alliance for survival
parliamentary elections November 8th
Akef urges people to vote
Groups are allowed to monitor election
Egyptians vote Wednesday
Egypt’s Opposition United for Parliamentary Poll
Denting ruling party majority
Egypt’s young call for change
Legislative Elections in Egypt: Another Test for Democracy
Egypt opposition claims fraud in closely watched election
Muslim Brotherhood Second in Egypt’s Polls
Ruling party wins first round vote
Egypt Islamists keep analysts guessing over ambitions
Daily welcomes victory of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s
Egypt’s election outcome may threaten economic relations
Egypt election marathon winds up
Egyptian Legislative Elections: A Reading of the Results
Embracing The Brotherhood
Detentions Aim to Stop Muslim Brotherhood’s Call for Reform