Egypt's Islamist-led parliament to hold first session

January 23, 2012 09:10

CAIRO - Egypt's parliament was scheduled to sit for the first time on Monday since Hosni Mubarak was deposed after a historic election that put Islamists, repressed under the former president, in the driving seat.

The Muslim Brotherhood's party was the biggest winner in the first free vote in decades. It has vowed to guide Egypt in the transition to civilian rule after generals took charge after Mubarak was pushed out of office in February.

The rise of the Islamists marks a sea change from Mubarak's era when parliament was a compliant body stuffed with members of his National Democratic Party and the Muslim Brotherhood was officially banned though semi-tolerated.

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