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Egypt's Islamist-led parliament opens first session

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Egypt's Islamist-led parliament opens first session


Egypt’s parliament has opened for the first time since a historic free election.

Islamists are in the driving seat with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party having emerged as the biggest winner in the country’s first free vote in decades.

It has vowed to guide Egypt in the transition from military to civilian rule but not everyone is convinced of its ability to do so.

Mustafa Najar an MP in the Egyptian Democratic Coalition told euronews: “The challenges that we face are having to find an accord between an Islamic majority in the parliament and their relation with the military council during this transition period and we have to organise presidential elections as soon as possible.”

Our correspondent in Cairo, Riad Muasses, says many people suspect Egypt’s ruling generals want to remain in power after the transition.

“A democratically elected parliament is the first fruit of the Egyptian revolution but the difficulties it faces are enormous,” he said.

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