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UPDATED: 18:49, June 11, 2007
One killed in clashes during Egyptian upper house elections
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One person was killed on Monday in clashes between supporters of two nominees for the mid-term elections of the Egypt's Shura council (the upper house of the parliament) in a governorate in Nile Delta region, the local Nile TV reported.

Four others were injured in the clashes between ruling party supporters and independents outside a polling station in Sharqiya governorate, 65 km north to Cairo, the report added.

The killed was identified as Ahmed Abdel-Salam Mahmoud, 37, a peasant, security officials were quoted by the Egyptian MENA news agency as saying.

Mahmoud, a supporter of an independent candidate, was killed when Mohammed Attiya, a supporter of a National Democratic Party ( NDP) candidate, opened fire against him,the MENA report noted, adding that Attiya, a 45-year-old peasant, was arrested and investigations were undertaken into the incident.

The first round of Shura council elections started Monday morning with some 35 million eligible voters to select 88 members out of 665 candidates for the 264-seat council, while 44 to be appointed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Run off voting is expected to be held on June 18, according to MENA.

Only 176 members of the Shura Council are directly elected for six-year terms, while the remaining 88 are appointed by Mubarak. Elections and appointments are executed on a rotating basis, with one half of the council renewed every three years.

Source: Xinhua

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