Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Party Wins Sweeping Victory in Parliamentary Election

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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The party of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won a sweeping victory in the country's parliamentary election, taking 47 percent of the seats in the new assembly.

Egypt's election commission announced the final results on Saturday. Head of the commission Abdel Moez Ibrahim said the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 235 seats in the 498-seat People's Assembly.

Two-thirds of the seats in the new lower house are secured on party lists and the rest by individual candidates. The FJP won 127 seats on the party lists and 108 in the first-past-the-post constituency votes.

The hardline Islamist Al-Nur party is the second most dominant in the assembly, winning 29 percent of the seats. The secular Wafd party came in third and the Egyptian Bloc coalition came in fourth.

The elections were the first since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak last January. The complex election system was carried out in three rounds of voting.