CAIRO - Egyptians will hear results of their first free
election in six decades on Thursday, with the Muslim Brotherhood expecting to
pick up two-fifths of the vote for an assembly that might limit the power of the
The Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest and best-organized Islamist
group, hopes its new Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) will secure a solid
platform in parliament, saying it hopes to form a coalition government once
polls are over in January.
The ruling military council, under increasing
pressure to make way for civilian rule, has said it will retain powers to choose
or dismiss a cabinet. But the FJP leader said on Tuesday the majority in
parliament should form the government.