Edmund Blair and Alistair Lyon
November 30, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood claimed to have a lead on Wednesday in the early vote count in Egypt’s first free election since army officers ousted the king in 1952.

No official results in the parliamentary vote were out and one rival party said they doubted the Brotherhood’s claim, but others provided estimates that appeared to back it.

The results, if confirmed and repeated when the rest of the country votes in successive rounds of the staggered six-week election process, would give Egypt’s oldest Islamist group a powerful bloc in the assembly.

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