Monday, December 19, 2011

Election in Egypt; Round 2

Again the Islamists had a strong showing, The Muslim Britherhood again garnered almost 40% of the votesm and the Salafists got another 30%.

But don't worry, Obama says the MB are moderate, and the Salafists are a minor player in the new democracy.  Go back to sleep.

From The Australian December 19

Islamist parties dominate Egypt election
EGYPT's largest Islamist parties have claimed the lead in the second round of a multi-stage legislative election, confirming them as front-runners in the first post-revolution parliament.
The second round of elections, which took place in nine provinces over two days, saw a 67 per cent turnout, election commission chief Abdel Moez Ibrahim said.
The ruling military, which took power when Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, has decided on a complex election system in which voters cast ballots for party lists, which will comprise two thirds of parliament, and for individual candidates for the remaining third of the lower house.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party (FJP) said it won 39 per cent of votes in the party lists, with no outright winner for their individual candidates who face a run-off on Wednesday.
The Al-Nur party, which represents the more hardline brand of Salafi Islam has claimed over 30 per cent of votes in the lists.
"We have won 39 per cent of the votes so far in the lists," the FJP office told AFP.
Al-Nur confirmed it had gained "over 30 per cent in the lists for the second round".
"The FJP is definitely number one; we have come second," Al-Nur spokesman Mohammed Nur told AFP, adding that most of their candidates will face a run-off on Wednesday.
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