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Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections

New political era as Islamists net 70% of seats to inherit an Arab nation in crisis

Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
Egypt's Islamists the Muslim Brotherhood, have won a political victory this week in Egypt's first free elections in decades, and the first since the demise of President Hosni Mubarak. Above: The leader of Hamas Khaled Meshaal (R) visits the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party to meet with their chairman Mohamed Morsy to congratulate him on the party's victory in Cairo (2R). (All images and captions are courtesy of Getty Images and the Telegraph newspaper).
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
The party, which was once banned under former leader Hosni Mubarak and his predecessors, has promised all Egyptians will have a voice in the new parliament. Above: the leader of Hamas Khaled Meshaal (L) meets with Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie (R) to congratulate him.
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
Following its success, the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) will have a major role in drafting the country's new constitution. Under the electoral system, two thirds of seats are decided by proportional representation on closed party lists, and the rest are contested by individual candidates. According to final results, the Brotherhood's electoral alliance took a 38 percent share of the seats allocated to lists.
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
Egypt has seen daily protests in the run up to the elections, with thousands of protesters calling for the country's military rulers step aside. Above: During a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egyptians wrote on the ground in Arabic 'Compassion for the martyrs of the revolution’. (AFP/Getty Images)
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
The influential Muslim Brotherhood - which was always expected to do well in the election - did not support the Tahrir Square protests. (AFP/Getty Images)
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
The Egyptians marched to Cairo’s Tahrir Square ahead of the one-year anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, demanding justice and retribution for those killed during the uprising. (AFP/Getty Images)
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsy and chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party spoke during a press conference in Cairo earlier this month to announce the nomination of Saad el-Katatni as speaker of Egypt’s new parliament. (AFP/Getty Images)
Islamist parties sweep the board in Egypt elections
Mohammed Badie, head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, also met with Pope Shenuda III, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, in expectation that the Islamists would dominate the next lower house of parliament. (AFP/Getty Images)