Egypt's Islamists get 75% of parliament

2012-01-21 20:35
Cairo - Egypt's election commission and political groups say final results from the country's first elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak show Islamist parties winning nearly three-quarters of the seats in parliament.

An alliance led by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood won 47% of the spots in the 498-seat parliament, while the ultraconservative Al-Nour Party clinched 25%.

The two parties are not likely to join forces because of ideological differences.

The liberal Egyptian Bloc, led by a party founded by Christian telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris, said on Saturday it secured 9% of the seats in parliament. Another liberal party, the Wafd, also won 9%.

The new parliament is set to convene for the first time on Monday.

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