January 23, 2012

Egypt's post-Mubarak parliament holds first session

The first Egyptian parliament elected since President Hosni Mubarak resigned last February after a popular uprising is holding its inaugural session.
Islamists dominated the elections held for the People's Assembly over the past three months, winning 73% of the seats.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party won 235 seats, the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party 121 and the moderate al-Wasat Party 10.
The chamber is expected to elect a speaker and two deputies on Monday.
Liberal and secular parties polled badly, with the New Wafd securing 38 seats, the Egyptian bloc 35 and the Reform and Development Party 10.
The Revolution Continues, a group formed by youth activists behind the uprising that ousted Mr Mubarak, won only seven seats.

The assembly will select a 100-member panel to draft a new constitution that will be put to a referendum before a presidential election in June.
The Muslim Brotherhood's General Guide, Mohammed Badie, said in December the FJP would form a broad coalition if it won the elections.

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