US "disappointed" over Egyptian elections
Egypt's parliamentary elections were marred by polling irregularities and a lack of monitoring to ensure the outcome was fair, the White House said Tuesday, dpa reported.
"The United States is disappointed with the conduct during and leading up to Egypts November 28 legislative elections," said Mike Hammer, a White House spokesman.
Reports of "numerous" irregularities, refusals by Egyptian authorities to allow international monitors and restrictions on free speech and press in the run-up to the election were "worrying," Hammer said in a statement.
Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) was expected to maintain its control of the parliament following Sunday's elections, although the official results have not been released.
Egyptian elections have long been a source of international criticism as they are seen unfairly favoring Mubarak and the NDP, at the cost of the country's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood.