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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