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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.

Comments
  • Anthony - 2012-01-22 01:09

    These results are pretty much what was predicted. And than their are still those who say that the USA and Europe, were behind the overthrow of these dictators in North Africa. WHY THE HECK WOULD THEY DO THAT????? They were sleeping very nicely with these tyrants, and surely it is much eassier to deal with one family for 40 years, than this "inconvenience" of elections, and possibly having to deal, every few years with different leaders. No, the West could not stop these popular uprisings, but they were smart enough, from the beginning, to back the eventual winners!!!!!!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-22 11:27

      The US and EU had nothing to do with Egypt initially because they were caught off gaurd. Joe Biden even went as far as defending Muburak because he was considered their ally. All summed up by US president Roosevelt describing one of the worst Latin American dictators, Somoza of Nicaragua with the words - "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's OUR son of a bitch."

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