Muslim Brotherhood: No Islamist Majority

    Egyptian protestors chant slogans against the ruling military while marching near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Partial results Wednesday showed the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the biggest winner in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections, and leaders of the once-banned Islamic group demanded to form the next government, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the ruling military. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

    Bela Szandelszky / AP Photo

    So much for an Islamist majority. A day after Egyptian election results gave Islamists a 65 percent majority in parliament—the Muslim Brotherhood held 40 percent and the ultraconservative Salafis took a surprising 25 percent—the Brotherhood denied there was any alliance. The move is thought to be symbolic to assure liberals in the nation and Western governments that there should be no anxiety about the new regime. The Brotherhood has another fight on its hands: it’s expected to try to name a new prime minister—though the current military government isn’t keen on this at all.

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