Islamists Win Majority in Egypt

    Election officials count ballots for the parliamentary elections in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Egypt's military rulers are taking credit for the strong turnout in the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the head of the election commission proclaims that the turnout so far is 'massive and unexpected. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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    As early Egyptian voting results filter in, the Islamists are on track to capture a 65 percent majority in Parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood’s party was the big favorite, winning 40 percent of the vote so far. Surprisingly, the ultraconservative Islamists, or Salafis, have nearly 25 percent. In Egypt, where the liberal parties and young activists sparked the revolution, the organized Islamists seem to have taken control. When voting is opened to more conservative rural areas, the Islamists are expected to continue to gain steam. The transfer of power will not be without conflict: the Brotherhood said Wednesday that the Islamist majority would name a prime minister soon, but the military government said that choice remains up to the ruling generals. There are two more rounds of voting before January.

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