CAIRO — The political wing of Egypt’s most historic Islamist party won by far the largest number of seats in the first post-revolutionary parliament, final results confirmed Saturday, and is now poised to play a dominant role in the drafting of a new constitution.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party took 47 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament, and the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party won 25 percent of the elected seats.
The Brotherhood was banned under former President Hosni Mubarak but has emerged as a major force on the political scene since the uprising last year. The group’s Freedom and Justice Party has vowed that all political factions will play a major role in parliament, which is tasked with appointing a body to write the new constitution.It boils down to this: Arab Spring=sharia; Freedom and Justice Party=sharia; new constitution=sharia.
Update: It seems like only yesterday when a hopeychanger said this in Cairo:
All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.Looks like the question has now been answered--resoundingly. With Islamists holding 75% of the seats in parliament, Egyptians have committed themselves to an effort--a sustained effort--to focus on sharia, which pushes us apart.