Opponents Mull Runoff Boycott
Amid widespread disenchantment with last week’s elections, Egypt’s main opposition party said Sunday it may boycott runoffs to fill two-thirds of parliament’s 444 seats.
The Wafd - the largest official opposition party - has called the elections the most corrupt in Egypt’s history. On Sunday, it accused the government of stuffing ballot boxes, allowing police to intervene in voting and failing to address complaints of fraud.
Government-backed candidates took 124 of the 137 seats that were won outright, and they were set to take a huge majority of the remaining seats in Wednesday’s runoffs. Independents won the rest; opposition candidates none.