Egyptian municipal elections, 2008
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The 2008 Egyptian municipal elections were local elections held across Egypt on 8 April 2008.
Run up to elections
In the run up to the elections, Human Rights Watch alleged mass round-ups of 800 opposition Muslim Brotherhood candidates and would-be electoral candidates. HRW also cited the delaying of a military court announcement for 40 Muslim Brotherhood leaders accused of belonging to an illegal organization until April 15, a week after the elections. A general strike was called for 6 April to protest low wages and rising food costs, with the Muslim Brotherhood giving support to the strike.
On 7 April, the day before the election, the Muslim Brotherhood announced it would boycott the election, after being allowed to compete for 20 seats amongst the 52,000 total seat available nationally. The ruling National Democratic Party, led by President Hosni Mubarak will be unopposed for election in 70% of the seats.
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