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Women and Copts named Egypt MPs
Poster in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egypt's president is allowed to appoint 10 MPs after the vote
Egypt's president has named five women and five members of the Coptic Christian minority to parliament.

The 10 appointed seats are usually used by the president to increase diversity in the 454-seat assembly.

It brings the number of Christians in the new parliament to six and the number of women to nine.

Results last week gave Hosni Mubarak's ruling party a comfortable majority, although Muslim Brotherhood supporters increased their presence substantially.

The only Copt to reach parliament by means of the ballot box was Finance Minister Yusef Boutros Ghali.

The low level of Christian representation comes despite the minority accounting for about 10% of the population.

Turnout was little more than a quarter of the electorate. Analysts say Egyptian elections are generally marked by apathy and vote-rigging orchestrated by the ruling National Democratic Party.

This year the banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood - whose candidates stand as independents - won a record 88 seats, six times more than in the outgoing parliament.




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