Egypt

Islamists win


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The political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has won 36.6% of the vote in the first of three rounds of the general election. Their result was pretty well predicted by pollsters, however, the hard-line Salafi party, al-Nour, did much better than expected and picked up 24.4% of the vote; most pollsters were predicting that they would get around 9% of the vote.

The Centre Party or al-Wasat, a more moderate breakaway group of the Muslim Brotherhood took 4.3% of the vote.

Collectively that means that avowedly Islamist parties took 65.3% of the total vote in the first round of voting.

The Egyptian Bloc which is made up of around fourteen secular and liberal parties but centred on three main parties, the Free Egyptians Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) and National Progressive Unionist Party (Tagammu), took just 13.4% of the vote.

The New Wafd Party, one of the oldest parties in Egypt (despite its revamped title) and a former force in Egyptian politics, managed to get 7.1% of the vote.

The smaller parties of the revolutionary youth took so few votes that they are a negligible force.

Turnout in the first round of voting was very high at around 63% of the vote, that is compared with around 10% to 15% in the last elections under Hosni Mubarak last year (2010).

Voting takes place again today for the same nine governorates as last week, but these are second round runoffs to determine seats where candidates did not get a majority vote. In many cases the contest is between the FJP and al-Nour.

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