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A street vendor sales flags in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Early results from Egypt's first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties trounced in many areas. © Odd Andersen - AFP
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Adam Plowright, AFP
Last updated: December 4, 2011

Early returns show Islamist sweep in Egypt polls

Islamist parties have won 65 percent of votes for party list seats in the first round of parliamentary elections, according to official figures obtained by AFP on Sunday.

The moderate Muslim Brotherhood won 36.62 percent of the vote, followed by the hardline Salafist Al-Nur party with 24.36 and the moderate Al-Wasat with 4.27, according to a chart provided by elections committee secretary general Yusri Abdel Karim.

Abdel Karim said that the committee would not provide percentages until the end of voting on January 10, but according to an official chart he provided the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party list won 3.56 million out of 9.73 million valid ballots.

The Al-Nur party won 2.37 million, and the Wasat party 415,590 votes.

The liberal coalition the Egyptian Bloc received 13.35 percent, with 1.29 million votes.

The percentages cannot be calculated into the number of seats each party list will receive until the final results for the whole country are in.

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