Egypt rights group calls for probe of election violence

[JURIST] The National Council for Human Rights, sponsored by the Egyptian government, on Thursday called for an investigation into the 11 deaths that occurred during the most recent round of parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] that ended in December. The killings were the result of violence throughout several weeks of elections in Egypt [JURIST news archive]; the elections were marred by various allegations [JURIST report, BBC report], including security forces hindering voters and banning groups who contested the elections. Of particular concern is the ban [JURIST report] preventing the Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder] from becoming a legal political party despite its win of 88 seats in the parliament, making it Egypt's strongest opposition group. The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) [party website], the party of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile, BBC profile], secured three-quarters of the seats in the 454-member parliament. The government is under no obligation to implement the council's recommendations. Reuters has more.

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