Islamist Group Emerges as Victor in Egypt Elections

Thursday, December 01, 2011

An Egyptian flag is placed next to the flag of the Freedom and Justice Party at the party headquarters in Cairo on November 30, 2011. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party is expected to win a decisive majority of seats in Parliament in Egypt's first democratic elections since Hosni Mubarak was forced out of power. The mainstream Islamist group claimed about 40 percent of the vote. But the ultraconservative Salafi party is expected to win around 25 percent, giving Islamist groups control of roughly 65 percent of Parliament. Liberal parties, which touched off the revolution, were too disorganized and divided to make a strong showing at the polls. 

Noel King, Cairo-based freelance journalist, reports on the latest developments from the elections. Yousef Sidhom, chief editor of Watani, the Coptic Christian newspaper, discusses how Copts are reacting to the election results. Michael Wahid Hanna, Egyptian-born researcher and fellow at the Century Foundation, talks about what the new Parliament will look like.


Youssef Sidhom

Comments [3]


"Scratching your head now"?
Really? Despite the feel good blather in the media earlier this year about democracy and Arab Spring, many warned about exactly what is happening today and were derided and dismissed. Apparently the fanciful illusions with the Arab Spring persist with the progressive media despite the Islamist writing on the wall.

Since OWS was supposedly inspired by Tahrir Square, will the progressive media be scratching their heads in bewilderment when that law breaking and menacing movement ends in disgrace?

Dec. 01 2011 09:39 AM
Hina Kidwai

sadly- celeste Headlee sounds like Fox news when she uses the politically incorrect term Islamists. is there Christianists and Jewists. It is about time the sensitivity is build in the media discourse.

Dec. 01 2011 09:25 AM
James E Jones from Purchase NY

Good morning;
I have listened to your show since its start because of the informative, insightful balanced reporting it usually provides. Consquently, as an academic and a Muslim who runs an educational program in Egypt, I was shocked at the ill-iformed, jingoistic and biased coverage of the Egyptian elections I heard this morning. Please, please, please provide more balance the next time. Our nation needs it now more than ever!
Jimmy Jones
President- Islamic Seminary Foundation
Co-Founder- Manhattanville Center for Middle East Understanding
Note: My new email is

James E. Jones
Associate Professor
Chair, World Religions Dept.
Chair, African Studies Dept.
Manhattanville Colleg

Dec. 01 2011 08:17 AM

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