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Fears for Egypt revolution caused by Islamist popularity

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Fears for Egypt revolution caused by Islamist popularity


Predicted victory for Islamists in Egypt’s election is worrying some of those who took part in the revolution, causing them to feel their democracy movement has been hijacked.

Those who ousted former leader Hosni Mubarak fear that even if army rulers do not steal power, well-organised religious parties may capitalise on revolution.

One such man is Mohamed Abdel Aziz: “We’re not certain that the elections will lead to a democratic parliament because of the candidates who’ve won. There are some fears the Islamists will not run a democratic government,” he said.

However, others argue the elections themselves are what was fought for, regardless of who wins.

“Everyone has their own political orientations. There are those who want Islam and those who want the coptic Christians. This is long-awaited true freedom and democracy,” said Nabil Elmasry.

Preliminary reports state the al-Nur Party, which follows the conservative Salafi form of Islam, has won 20 per cent of the vote. Some fear the party will try to impose strict Islamic codes on society.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s website predicts an even higher al-Nur result of 30 per cent.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has two of the only four candidates to be confirmed winners in the first-round, having polled more than 50 per cent each.

The Freedom and Justice Party is predicted to win around 30 per cent, and is part of a coalition that is expected to achieve 40 per cent.

The final make-up of the parliament will not be clear until the next two phases of elections take place in the coming weeks.

The turnout for the first round of voting was 62 per cent, far higher than polls during Mubarak’s regime.

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