Police have detained more than 80 supporters of an Islamist candidate standing in Sunday's elections, the second round of Egypt's legislative polls.
The candidate, Abdel Hamed el-Senoussi, cried foul, claiming that the detainees, who include his brother Badri, should be working for him Sunday as election monitors and campaign staff.
A police official in Qena, southern &to=http://nglish.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/16028_Amenhotep.html' target=_blank>Egypt, confirmed more than 80 of el-Senoussi's supporters were detained Friday and Saturday, but he would not give a reason. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
El-Senoussi is standing as an independent, but is widely regarded as the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned but tolerated organization that is not allowed to field its own list.
El-Senoussi says he is not a Brotherhood member and points out that he is not using the campaign slogan "Islam is the solution" favored by Brotherhood-backed candidates.