Muslim Brotherhood Seen With Over 40 Percent of Votes in First Round
Egypt’s military junta has announced that it is postponing the release of the results from the first round of voting in the nation’s staggered elections, which will last for months. The results were supposed to come Thursday but now won’t come until Friday or Saturday.
But indications are that the nation’s two top Islamist blocs have scored major wins, with the Muslim Brotherhood claiming over 40 percent of the vote in their party alone. The second place party, the al-Nour Party claimed around 30 percent.
The secular parties don’t seem to be doing nearly as well, with the Egyptian Bloc claiming “up to 20 percent” of the vote. This parliament, which will be charged with penning the new constitution, is likely to have a strongly Islamist trend to it.
But one of the Egyptian Bloc members expressed hope that their poor showing in the first round would help them in subsequent rounds, saying that it might “scare” Egyptians enough to mobilize in their favor. They accused the Muslim Brotherhood of using “religious slogans” during the campaign.
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