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Egypt's ruling party wins, but rightists make gains

President Hosni Mubarak's party won a big victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, with 73 percent of the vote nationwide, according to official results released Tuesday.

But the rightist New Wafd Party made a strong showing, with 15 percent of the vote, becoming Egypt's strongest parliamentary opposition bloc in 32 years.

Interior Minister Hassan Abu Basha said at a news conference that the National Democratic Party won 391 seats, or 87 percent of the 448-seat House, and the Wafd had 57 seats, or 13 percent.

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