Egypt's Brotherhood wins 47 pc of parliament seats

The Muslim Brotherhood’s party has won 47.18 per cent of seats in the Egyptian parliament, the electoral commission announced on Saturday as it gave the final results from marathon polls.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People’s Assembly, or 47.18 per cent, committee head Abdel Moez Ibrahim said.

The ultra-conservative Salafist Al Nur party is in second place with 121 seats or nearly 25 per cent, while the liberal Wafd Party follows with nearly 9 per cent.

The FJP secured 127 seats on party lists and its candidates won another 108 in first-past-the-post constituency votes, according to the results announced on Saturday.

The landmark election was the first since the overthrow of veteran president Hosni Mubarak in February last year. It was launched in November and carried out in three stages
The People’s Assembly, or lower house of parliament, is made up of 498 elected MPs and 10 appointed by the ruling military. It will hold its first session on Monday.

Once elections for parliament’s upper house, or Shura Council, are concluded in February, the two chambers are to choose a 100-member panel to draft a new constitution.

A new president is then to be elected by June under the timetable set by the military rulers who announced that candidates can register for the presidency from April 15.

But there is widespread belief that the SCAF, to which Mubarak handed over power, will continue to hold on to some sort of power after the transition.

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