Egyptians head to polls for 2-day election runoffs
Cairo: Egyptians again headed to the polls on Monday for two days of runoffs in their first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak`s ouster, a balloting in which Islamist parties already captured an overwhelming majority of the votes in the first round.
The runoffs are unlikely to change the Islamists` gains, which have dealt a huge blow to liberals behind the uprising that toppled Mubarak 10 months ago.
The runoff races have fundamentalist Islamist candidates contesting each other and also secular candidates for the remainder of the 52 seats that were up for grabs in the first found. There are still two more rounds of voting staggered over the coming weeks.
According to results released on Sunday, the Muslim Brotherhood`s Freedom and Justice Party garnered 36.6 percent of the 9.7 million valid ballots cast for party lists. The ultraconservative Salafists` Al-Nour Party, a more hard-line Islamist group, captured 24.4 percent, while the secular Egyptian Bloc won 13.4 percent of the votes.
The ballots are a confusing mix of individual races and party lists, and Sunday`s results only reflect the party list performance for less than a third of the 498-seat Parliament.
Waiting with hundreds of other women to cast her ballot Monday in an upper-class Cairo neighborhood, Sohair Qansouah says she is worried over the Islamists` win because she doesn`t want Egypt to "go back 1,000 years."
"I`m Muslim and we want freedom and tolerance for all, but if they (Islamists) come to power, there will be less freedom for all, especially women," said Qansouah, 72, adding that a Parliament dominated by Islamists will "mean that all the objectives of the revolution have failed."
At the polls, the Monday morning turnout appeared lighter than during the first round a week ago, when turnout was around 60 percent — the highest in living memory as few participated in the heavily rigged votes under Mubarak.
The strong Islamist showing worries liberal parties, and even some religious parties, who fear the two groups will work to push a religious agenda. It has also left many of the youthful activists behind the uprising that ousted Mubarak in February feeling that their revolution has been hijacked.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Fateh Ka Fatwa: Is it time to introduce reforms in Muslim laws?
- UP CM Yogi Adityanath takes 50 decisions without single Cabinet meet
- UP CM Yogi Adityanath reviews Gomti riverfront work
- UP CM Yogi Adityanath warns supporters of criminals, mafia
- Legal, illegal slaughterhouses in UP: What you need to know
- Azam Khan demands ban on cow slaughter across India, says Muslims should stop eating beef
- Sunil Grover to return as Dr Mashoor Gulati!
- Kapil Sharma–Sunil Grover fallout: Kiku Sharda finally breaks silence
- Asaduddin Owaisi asks Centre to clarify policy on buffalo meat export, Nirmala Sitharaman gives apt reply
- No ban on cow slaughter in three Northeast states if party comes to power next year: BJP