Islamists maintain winning streak
The Muslim Brotherhood has done well again in the third phase of the Egyptian general election. This third phase, which took place across nine, mainly rural, provinces was the final phase for the election of members to the 498 seat People’s Assembly. Elections for the upper house or Shura start on 29th January and will take place over two phases.
Although there are no official results as yet for the third phase, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) are believed to have taken more than a third of the votes, with the hard-line Salafist party, al Nour coming in second place.
The FJP has said that it wants to see al views represented in the new parliament, but it remains to be seen if they will form a coalition with al-Nour, in which case the next constitution is likely to be strongly Islamist or if they will do deals with a range of the smaller secular parties.
It may be several weeks before the full results for the three phases will be known.