Egypt's Main Opposition

Puts 35 in Final Runoff

CAIRO -- Election officials said Friday that Egypt's leading opposition group did not win any seats outright in the final round of parliamentary voting, which was marred by violence and police barring thousands from the polls.

However, 35 Muslim Brotherhood candidates will compete in runoffs next week in races in which no one got more than half the vote Thursday. The runoffs will decide the final 127 elected seats in the 454-seat parliament.

It was the first time in the three-stage elections, which began Nov. 9, that Brotherhood candidates failed to win a single seat before the runoffs. The banned group, which runs candidates as independents, did surprisingly well in the first two rounds, winning 76 seats -- five times as many as it now holds.

President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party had 201 seats after Thursday's vote.


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