Egyptians went to the pails on Thursday (4 November) for the second time in a week to vote in the second round of parliamentary elections.
Egyptians went to the pails on Thursday (4 November) for the second time in a week to vote in the second round of parliamentary elections. This in a week to vote in the second round of parliamentary elections. This will be followed by the formation of a new government, expected this week.
SYNOPSIS: In the delta town of Mit Abu Elkoum, birth-place of President Anwar Sadat, people were out early to vote. Residents were in the streets voicing their support for the candidate of their choice. The voting is for 217 seats of the 350 electable seats of the People's Assembly.
It is the first time in nearly quarter of a century that Egyptians have been able to vote for the Assembly. This vote is for candidates who failed to get the necessary majority in the first round of balloting last week.
In the first round the so-called Centrist group led by the Premier, Mamdouh Salem, made a strong showing and this trend is likely to be repeated in the second round.
President Sadat was among the early voters. The President is expected to start work on a new Cabinet immediately the official outcome of the elections is Known. The Prime Minister tendered the resignation of his Cabinet three weeks ago following the official inauguration of President Sadat for a second six year term in office. He was asked by Mr. Sadat to remain in office pending the outcome of the general elections. A novel feature of the elections has been that the Arab Socialist Union (ASU) -- for long the country's only legal political party -- has been split into centre, left and right-wing subsections as part of cautious steps towards political liberalisation.