Arab States Weekly Review 27th Nov – 3rd Dec 2010

Egypt’s general election point to a landslide victory for the ruling National Democratic Party, amid reports of widespread irregularities at the ballot boxes. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition party, previously had 88 seats in the 518-strong parliament but did not win a single seat in the first round. It said it will boycott the second round.

Wikileaks has embarrassed several Arab leaders. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri both urged the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Leading figures in Qatar and Bahrain, who remain neutral in public, expressed deep hostility towards Iran in private.

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