UPDATE 2-Egypt's Brotherhood says it leads in vote count

Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:36am GMT

* Two liberal party sources say Brotherhood party leading

* Islamist al-Nour, liberal Egyptian Bloc also seen doing well

* Official results due later on Wednesday (Adds new Brotherhood statement, comments from other parties)

By Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad

CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday it was leading in the initial count of results from the first round of Egypt's parliamentary election and one source in its party said it had secured 40 percent of votes cast for party lists.

A member of the rival liberal Egyptian Bloc also said that in Cairo, one area that voted on Monday and Tuesday, the list led by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had 40 to 50 percent of votes. His Bloc had 20 to 30 percent, he said.

Partial official results were due later on Wednesday but party representatives have been monitoring the count under way after the first stage of Egypt's first free election since army officers drove the king into exile in 1952.

The overall outcome will not be known until January. The election is spread over six weeks with different parts of the country voting separately in three phases, each of which may be followed by run-off votes. Under an elaborate system that makes it difficult to predict the outcome, two-thirds of the 498 elected seats go to party lists and the rest to individuals.

The FJP said in a statement early indications showed it in the lead for both party-list and individual mandate seats.   Continued...

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