‘Egypt`s Islamists dominate run-off elections’

Last Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 21:40

Cairo: Egyptian Islamist parties, including
the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) of the popular Muslim
Brotherhood, dominated the runoff for the second round of the
three-stage Parliamentary elections to put in place a civilian
leadership following the ouster of former president Hosni
Mubarak.

The FJP won 38 of the 59 seats, the radical Salafists
Nour Party 13, while independent candidates bagged five seats
in the runoff, the Supreme Elections Commission (SEC) was
quoted as saying by the Al-Ahram online, the website of the
official newspaper.

The FJP, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood,
bagged the highest number of professional and worker seats,
with 38 of its 49 candidates winning in the run-off held in
nine governorates last Wednesday and Thursday. The Nour Party
gained 13 seats and independents five.

Abdel Moez Ibrahim, the head of the Supreme Elections
Committee, will announce the final results for the whole
second round later today, the report said.

The ruling military council has put in place a complex
election system in which voters cast ballots for party lists,
which will comprise two thirds of parliament, and also for
individual candidates for the remaining third of the lower
house. Most individual races go into runoffs.

Islamists have dominated the polls, which began on
November 28, the first since Mubarak was ousted in a 18-day
uprising in February. The second round began on December 14,
and the third is due to start on January 3.

Amid mounting protests to give up power, the ruling
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has underlined that it
will transfer power after a presidential election is held by
the end of June next year.

At least 17 people have been killed in a week of clashes
between Egyptian security forces and anti-military protesters.

Some 100 people have been killed in clashes between
protesters and security forces and in sectarian violence since
the military took power in February after the ouster of
Mubarak.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 21:29

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