CAIRO (Reuters) – The Egyptian party Mostaqbal Watn (Nation’s Future), which strongly supports President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, secured almost 55 percent of the controversial seats in a multi-week parliamentary election, official results showed on Monday.
The results confirm the party’s position as the dominant force after winning nearly 75 percent of the controversial seats for the newly created Egyptian Senate in August.
Parliament was already controlled by Sisi supporters, but Nation’s Future greatly increased its seat share from 57 in the chamber with 596 seats to 315.
A small opposition bloc left and independent MPs lost seats, official results showed.
Voters and politicians had expected that the nation’s future would benefit from new electoral rules to keep parliament in control.
Lists cited by the party won all 284 places allocated to preselected lists under a winner-takes-all system. Nation’s Future received 145 of these seats, according to statements by the electoral commission.
The party also won 170 of the 284 seats contested by individual candidates. Another pro-Sisi party, the Republican People’s Party, won 50 seats and unaffiliated candidates 93 seats. Sisi can appoint 28 legislators directly.
Some voters and rival candidates accused Mostaqbal Watan of giving voters food or money, which the party repeatedly denied.
Rival candidates and parties also filed complaints of electoral fraud with the electoral commission, all of which were rejected. Some have also brought complaints to court.
The turnout in the two main election rounds was 29 percent.
Since Sisi led the overthrow of former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Sisi has overseen comprehensive crackdown on political disagreements.
Sisi and his supporters say the measures were necessary to stabilize the country.
Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Adaptation by Aidan Lewis and Richard Chang
PICTURED: FILE PHOTO: Cars drive near a billboard of Mostaqbal Watn (Nation’s Future) campaign member Mohamed Soliman ahead of the first round of parliamentary elections on a highway in Cairo, Egypt, October 21, 2020. REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh