Nour party candidate Egypt Islamist kiss 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
CAIRO - Egypt's two leading Islamist parties won about two-thirds of votes for party lists in the second round of polling for a parliament that will help draft a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule, the election committee said on Saturday.
The party list led by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 36.3 percent of the list vote, while the ultra-conservative Salafi al-Nour Party took 28.8%, pushing the liberal Wafd party into third place.
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The vote, staged over six weeks, is the first free election Egypt has held after the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who routinely rigged polls before he was overthrown by a popular uprising in February.
The West long looked to Mubarak and other strongmen in the region to help combat Islamist militants, and has watched warily as Islamist parties have topped votes in Tunisia, Morocco and now Egypt.
Parliament's prime job will be appointing a 100-strong assembly to write
a new constitution which will define the president's powers and
parliament's clout in the new Egypt.
Second-round results for party lists gave the liberal Wafd Party 9.6% of
the vote. The Egyptian Bloc of mostly liberal and leftist parties won
7% of the list vote.
Analysts say poor coordination among non-Islamist groups has divided the
liberal vote, sometimes handing the majority to an Islamist by default.A rough transition
The election, which began on Nov. 28 and ends on Jan. 11, has been
marred by a flare-up of clashes in Cairo between police and protesters
demanding an immediate end to military rule.
At least 17 people were killed in the protests, in which troops clubbed women and men even as they lay on the ground.
The ruling army council fueled suspicions it wanted to hang on to power,
even after a new president was elected, when its cabinet last month
proposed inserting articles in the new constitution that would have
shielded it from civilian scrutiny.
The army took over after Mubarak was ousted and remains in charge until a
presidential election in mid-2012, but parliament will have a popular
mandate that the military lacks.
In the first round of the poll, the Brotherhood's FJP won about 37% of list votes and Nour about 24%.
The complex electoral system gives two-thirds of the 498 elected seats to lists and the rest to individuals.
The FJP said it had won 40 of the 60 individual seats up for grabs in the second round, similar to its first-round showing.