Accept the will of the people.
That is the message from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to its rivals.
The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party looks on course to take most seats after early voting for the country’s first freely-elected parliament in decades.
Its deputy leader likened the tactics of those he said were inciting fear over Islamist rule to the methods of ousted President Mubarak’s regime.
Issam Al Eryan said that democracy “means general, national consensus, dialogue and understanding, without the exchange of serious accusations that have no basis.”
But some of those behind Egypt’s revolution fear the Muslim Brotherhood wants to impose Sharia Islamic law. Early signs put a more hardline Islamist group in second place.
While the voting process continues until January, Egypt’s military-appointed prime minister Kamal al-Ganzouri is set to name his cabinet on Wednesday.