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Al-Hayat newspaper: Islamist win in Egypt's first round of elections “worries” SCAF

Sources tell Al-Hayat newspaper that the big win of Islamists in the first round of Egyptian legislative elections has caused “worry and discomfort” inside the ruling military council

Ahram Online, Nada Hussein Rashwan, Saturday 3 Dec 2011
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A woman walks near an election poster of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood "The Freedom and Justice Party'" in the old city of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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“Even though the military has accepted the election results as a reflection of the voters’ will, an air of anxiety is present inside the military institution, especially that Islamists seem to have a bigger chance at winning in the second and third phases and in the run-off rounds,” a source has told Al-Hayat newspaper following this week's legislative elections in Egypt.

The source explains that the reasons why Islamist parties received a high proportion of votes in the elections are “the divisions among liberal parties, as well as their having been too busy confronting the military council,” instead of preparing for elections more thoroughly to be able to compete against Islamist parties.

The source underlined that regardless of the final election results, the military “will not give up two things: the position of the military in the new constitution, and [the preservation of] a civil state in Egypt”, adding that the military is not in a struggle with any particular political force, and that the military council will “deal with the final results as they are”.

The announcement of the results of the first phase in parliamentary elections in Egypt revealed that the Democratic Alliance, led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, won around 40 per cent of the votes in the electoral lists contest, while the list of Salafist El-Nour Party won about 20 per cent of votes.

Also, most of the independent seats in first phase electoral districts went to Islamist candidates, where some others are yet to be decided in run-off voting on 5 December. Islamists are expected to keep up their winning streak during the second and third election stages.

The main liberal alliance, the Egyptian Bloc, suspended its electoral campaign in protest over the deadly five-day clashes that took place between the police and protesters in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, off Tahrir Square, starting 19 November when police forces and military police attempted to forcefully disperse a number of protesters in the square.

Islamist parties, on the other hand, refused to participate in the demonstrations, alleging it was a plot aimed at sabotaging the elections. They continued their electoral campaigns during the week of clashes.

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F.Subhan
04-12-2011 07:42pm
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Secular forces actually have lost cridibility
It isa not astonishing that islamists have won election in Egypt.Actually secular forces have lost credibility in all muslim countries from Egypt to Pakistan, and made a winning way for islamists.Secular forces have nothing on their crdit,even morally the have lost the right to rule.
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merzook
08-07-2012 04:50am
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not really
No Muslim country experienced secularism as practiced in the US. What was practiced in some Muslim states is a bastardized form of secularism where autocrats do their oppression of the public while raising the banners of secularism.. Secularism has been a force to keep communities of different ethnic backgrounds and different religion working together as a community. People practiced their faiths and their freedoms to practice their faith is protected by all I would not call what /Bin Ali allowed in Tunisia secularism; it is despotism.
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Modern_Humaniora
04-12-2011 12:48pm
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Clean up the mess
It's time now to clean up the mess of military trials, release people which are detained on political grounds etc., so this mess is gone when the elections are carried out. Proclaim a general amnesty - a revolution is a revolution and an event far from a normal situation of jurisdiction. I think it's important that Egypt can turn page and make a fresh start when the new assembly is to be formed. Don't forget the martyrs!, but a sense of revenge is NOT a good future.
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