Islamists expect gains as Egypt counts votes

By REUTERS
November 30, 2011 02:27

 
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CAIRO - Egyptians have voted in a parliamentary election that could bring Islamists closer to power, though the army generals who took over from President Hosni Mubarak have yet to step aside.

The Muslim Brotherhood, expected to do well in the marathon vote whose first stage drew millions to the polls, said the new parliament should form a government, setting it at odds with the military council which has only just named a new prime minister.

The election for the lower house is due to be held over three phases, concluding in early January. Early election results were expected to trickle out on Wednesday.

State television broadcast live footage of the vote count across Egypt, which has not seen an election this free since army officers overthrew the monarchy in 1952.

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