Pro Sisi party wins second round of Egypt elections

Pro Sisi party wins second round of Egypt elections
2 min read
25 November, 2015
Preliminary results from Egypt's second round parliamentary elections show a big win for pro-government electoral coalition making the likelihood of a rubber stamp parliament almost certain.
Elections were dogged by low voter turnout [Getty]

A pro-government electoral coalition appears to have won all of the party-based seats in the second and final round of voting in long delayed Egyptian parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results state media have reported

The "For the Love of Egypt" coalition seems to have swept the voting, which was dogged by largely empty polling centres, widespread apathy and disenchantment, after winning all 60 seats in the first round of voting in October.

      Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament was dissolved in 2012 [Getty]

The coalition led by former intelligence officer and military general Sameh Seif al-Yazal is largely made up of figures from ousted president Hosni Mubarak's ruling party, the National Democratic Party [NDP], which was disbanded in the wake of the 2011 Tahrir Square revolution.

"The coalition is made up of hundreds of members who unconditionally support Sisi," a political analyst told an al-Araby al-Jadeed's Egypt correspondent.

"They have no clear economic vison for the country and have interests tied up with big businessmen," the analyst added.

On Monday, a former judge accused the pro-Sisi coalition of having met with and received funding from the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, according to al-Araby al-Jadeed's Arabic service.

The Brotherhood was banned in Egypt after a military coup led by current President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, following mass protests against his divisive single year of rule.

Tahani al-Gebali made the allegation during a press conference on Monday, the final day of voting, saying she had pictures to prove her claim - although they were not provided at her press conference.

The coalition told reporters that her accusations, which would amount to high treason, are "unacceptable and unreal".

On Tuesday, seven were killed and ten injured after a car bomb exploded outside a hotel in the North Sinai town of al-Arish, which was housing judges supervising the second phase of parliamentary elections.

The official final results of the election will be released by the High Elections Committee on December 3.