The Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt claimed on Saturday to have won a majority in the third round of elections to the lower house of parliament.The Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that it had garnered 35.2 percent of the party list vote in the polling in the final nine governorates on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Salafi Al-Nur party said it received 27 percent. According to AFP, the two parties gained 65 percent in the first two phases of Egypt's first general election.
Liberals have trailed third in the three stages of the legislative polls. Full and final election results must be announced no later than the 13th of January and on the 23rd of January the new National Assembly will hold its first meeting.
These elections were marked by unusually high turnout in the final round was 62 per cent, Election Commission chief Abdel Moaez Ibrahim said on Saturday. People stood in line for hours, including old men, women with children and young people, with many Egyptians coming to vote for the first time in their lives.
The new parliament will be marked by the absence of the ruling National Democratic Party and by the main outcome brought about by the revolution, mainly a convincing victory by Islamists.
Once the new parliament has been sworn in, a commission will be appointed to draft a new constitution before presidential election is held by the end of June.
In another topic concerning Egyptian border with Israel, an Egyptian police officer was seriously injured Saturday in clashes with human traffickers in Sinai near the Israeli border, Egyptian security sources said.
Masked gunmen on a microbus carrying African migrants approached the border fence and opened fire on an Egyptian police patrol around nine kilometers south of Kerem Shalom crossing, security officials said.
They said Egyptian officers returned fire and fierce clashes ensued during which border guard Said Muhammad Mahmoud, 22, was shot in the back.
Mahmoud was taken to hospital in El-Arish and the assailants fled the scene, they added.
Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have warned Egyptian officials to improve monitoring along their shared border, Egyptian security sources said Friday.
Security officers said :the warning was issued after 17 migrants crossed illegally into Israel last Wednesday.
Egyptian security officials said that Egyptian soldiers had seen African migrants working for Israeli authorities to build a wall along the border.
Since August, Israel has sped up construction of a giant fence it is building along its frontier with Egypt's Sinai peninsula.