Egypt Heads to Polls for Round 2

December 14, 2011  

Egyptians are heading to the polls for round two of their parliamentary elections.

The selection of a new parliament in Egypt is a three-stage process, with the second round taking place in Giza, Luxor, Aswan and Ismaila.

In Giza, as in last month’s election, about 100 people were waiting to cast their ballots — and it was not clear how long they would be there. Disorganization was rampant the first time around, with some voters waiting literally for up to 10 hours.

Giza was among numerous other cities where thousands of Egyptians massed through the streets in the Arab Spring uprising that toppled the government of former President Hosni Mubarak last February.

The current elections and the formation of a new constitution are the first since the start of the so-called “Egyptian Revolution” that was ignited in January in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

In last month’s vote, the first poll, the Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory, winning about 40 percent of the ballots.

The once-outlawed Islamists’ Freedom and Justice party had won 34 seats in runoff elections, and its more conservative Al Nour Salafi party garnered another five seats, according to the group’s website.

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