Egypt's Brotherhood claims win in run-off vote

By the Associated Press | December 7, 2011 | 4:10 AM EST

Election officials sit in a bus with ballot boxes from a closed polling station going to a counting center in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. The runoff for Egypt's first-round parliamentary elections has heated up tensions between competing Islamist groups that have so far dominated the vote, with scuffles breaking out and allegations of death threats. Arabic election poster showing candidates Ahmed Saleh, at right, and Nasser Fanous.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood's political party says it has won a majority of the seats up for grabs in Egypt's run-off elections, which would give it at least 40 percent of the seats in parliament decided thus far.

The Freedom and Justice Party said in a statement on Wednesday that it has won 36 of the 56 seats awarded to individual candidates in voting which concluded on Tuesday.

The Islamist group has already won 37 percent of the vote in earlier polling, which awarded seats according to party lists.

The voting for the 498-member parliament is staggered over three stages, with two-thirds of the country yet to cast ballots.

Islamist parties have so far dominated the first election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February, with liberal parties trailing.