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Independent students win all student union seats at Cairo university

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:48 PM 
Boys stand near electoral posters of the Freedom and Justice Party outside a polling station during the second day of parliamentary elections at village of Kafr el-Moseilha, the hometown former president Hosni Mubarak, in the Nile delta province of Menoufia 80 km (50 miles) north of Cairo December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Results of the student union elections at Cairo University, one of Egypt's state universities, has revealed that independent students, who do not specifically belong to any political group, secured all the seats of the union's council board (14 seats).

Independent students also secured 56 percent of seats on the second level of elections in each faculty, whereas those who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood won 17 percent of the seats.

Education Minister should invite student union heads of all state universites to elect the president and vice-president of Egypt's student union board, according to the current student regulations.

"Brotherhood's popularity declined in the student elections in most of the faculties," said the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) in a report it has issued.

Meanwhile, the Brotherhood's spokesman, Ahmed Aref, accused opposition forces of spreading false information to distort the image of the Islamist's group popularity. 

The student union elections are conducted on five levels across 13 state universities. The elections received an unexpected high turnout of voters.

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