Egypt’s Islamists sweep third round of parliamentary elections

Cairo, Jan 8: Egypt’s Islamists parties have secured a majority of seats in the third round of the nation’s landmark parliamentary elections.

Islamists won about 62 percent of the popular vote in the final round of the multi-phased elections, although the final result will not be known until after runoffs for individual seats are held this week.

The Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now the most powerful political force in the first elected body since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, The Washington Post reports.

The Freedom and Justice Party said in a statement on its website that they won 41 percent of the seats in the lower house, followed by 21 percent for the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party.

The lower house, known as the People’s Assembly, is the most important body in Egypt’s bicameral system.

It includes 498 seats chosen by voters and an additional 10 to be chosen by the country’s interim military rulers in their capacity as Egypt’s de facto presidential authority.

According to the report, elections for the less-powerful upper house will begin on January 29. (ANI)