Egypt's Islamists do even better in second round of voting
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salifis party combined to sweep about 3/4 of the total vote in the second round of Egypt's elections. The first round saw the extremists win about 60%.
Egypt's two leading Islamist parties said on Sunday their separate party lists secured about three-quarters of votes cast in the second round of a parliamentary election, extending their lead in the three-stage vote.
A source from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said it was on track to win about 40 percent of votes for party lists, based on results from most districts.
A spokesman for the ultra-conservative Salafi al-Nour Party said its list received about 35 percent of votes.
The voting process is extremely complicated with each round comprising 9 of the nation's 27 provinces. Each voter must vote for a slate of candidates, or "list," as well as 3 individual candidates. There have been charges that the Brotherhood has "helped" voters who don't understand the process but it hardly matters. They would have swept to victory anyway.
The third round will be held in two weeks.