With 40% of the votes counted in today’s election, the Muslim Brotherhood is claiming victory. They are reported to the leading block in the first stage of parliamentary elections challenging the country’s military rule and high turnout for the Muslim group signifies a popular demand for the civilian rule.
The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party said Wednesday early indications showed its coalition ahead, followed by the ultra-conservative Salafist al-Nour party and the liberal Egyptian bloc in third.
Media reports say Freedom and Justice - a moderate Islamist party - has secured more than 40 percent of the vote so far. Hardline Salafist groups are expected to score major gains in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, according to Voice of America.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the world's oldest and one of the largest Islamist parties, and is the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. ] It was founded in 1928 in Egypt by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna and by the late 1940s had an estimated two million members.3] Its ideas had gained its supporters throughout the Arab world and influenced other Islamist groups with its "model of political activism combined with Islamic charity work". Its most famous slogan, used worldwide, is "Islam is the solution,” according to wikipedia.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which set up the Freedom and Justice Party, is expected to emerge as the strongest player in parliamentary elections today that end in January.
Given the complexity of the Egyptian electoral system, which stipulates that half the elected members are registered as “workers and farmers” and uses a closed proportional list system for two-thirds of the seats in parliament, the Brotherhood’s parliamentary strength is unlikely to become clear until final election results are announced in January, reported by Bloomberg.