Islamist Bloc Wins 60 Percent of Vote in Egypt Elections

Radical Islamic Salafi movement's Al-Nour Party does surprisingly well, with 20 percent of the vote, according to Al-Jazeera; Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party garners 40 percent.

Although official results have not yet been published, Al-Jazeera reported on Friday night that the Islamist bloc won 60 percent of the vote in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections.

This marks an unprecedented achievement for the Islamist bloc and surpasses expectations.

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According to the report, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won approximately 40 percent of the vote, which was in line with predictions.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the 20 percent of the vote won by the radical Islamic Salafi movement's Al-Nour Party.

The secular Egyptian Bloc came in third with 15 percent of the vote, followed by two other secular movements.

It should be noted that the Salafis were persecuted for decades by Egyptian security forces and only began to operate publically in the political sphere following the revolution earlier this year that overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

The first round vote, held in nine provinces, will determine about 30 percent of the 498 seats in the People's Assembly, the Egyptian parliament's lower house. Two more rounds, ending in January, will cover Egypt's other 18 provinces. Presidential elections are scheduled to be held before June.

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egypt elections - Reuters - November 28, 2011