Egypt’s Islamists: Weak Presence in Elections

Source: Wilson Centre
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Islamist parties played a minimal role in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, which began on October 18 and continued in several rounds in November and December. The Salafist Nour Party – the only Islamist party that fielded candidates – fared poorly. It secured only 12 seats, compared to the 111 it won in 2011.

Egypt has not had a parliament since 2012, when the legislative body was disbanded by Egypt’s high court. The last parliament was dominated by Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party won nearly 43 percent of the vote in the 2011 parliamentary elections, followed by 22 percent secured by the Nour Party. Along with smaller Islamist parties, Islamists held nearly 70 percent of Egypt’s parliament in 2012….

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