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Egypt election results delayed

Egypt election

Reuters

Electoral commission staff counted votes after polls closed Tuesday.

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt’s election commission said the announcement of final results for first-round parliamentary elections has been delayed until tomorrow.

The commission previously said results from the two-day balloting would be announced late today. But the state MENA news agency quotes Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim as saying a large voter turnout has slowed down the counting process.

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Judges supervising the vote say near-final results show the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood taking up to 45 percent of the contested seats. This will likely give Islamist parties a majority.

The vote is the first of six rounds of parliamentary voting that will drag on until March.

The judges spoke on condition of anonymity because the count remains unfinished.

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