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Egypt's Islamists win big in second round vote
Published in Bikya Masr on 25 - 12 - 2011

CAIRO: As activists battled with Egypt's military and police over the past ten days, the country's Islamist parties took the lion's share of votes in the second round of voting for a new parliament.
According to the election committee, which announced the results on Saturday, Egypt's leading Islamist parties, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood – and al-Nour Party, the ultra-conservative Salafist party, won some two-thirds of votes from party lists.
The new parliament will be instrumental in writing and creating a new constitution. The vote is the first since the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak's three decades of rule over the country in February.
But the elections have been mired in violence as activists and the ruling military junta battle on the streets.
The party list led by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 36.3 percent of the list vote, while the ultra-conservative Salafi al-Nour Party took 28.8 percent, pushing the liberal Wafd party into third place.
Both parties did extremely well in the first round of voting, with the FJP winning some 40 percent and the ultra-conservative al-Nour winning around 20 percent.
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