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Muslim Brotherhood wins 58 percent seats in Egypt's upper house election

Cairo , Sun, 26 Feb 2012 ANI

Cairo, Feb 26 (ANI): Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, one of the nation's most powerful political forces, has won 58 percent of the seats in the parliament's upper house, election officials have announced.


The Egyptian election commission announced on Sunday that the ultraconservative Al-Nour party came in second with a quarter of the seats in the upper house, known as the Shura Council.


The liberal parties, including the Egyptian bloc and Wafd, came in third with a combined total of 12 percent of the seats, The Washington Post reports.


The upper house has no legislative powers and enjoys only a consultative role.


It has 270 seats, two-thirds of which are filled by elections and the rest are appointed.


Islamists also dominated elections that took place early January this year for the People's Assembly, the more powerful of the two houses of parliament.


The Brotherhood won nearly half of the seats in that vote, the first since last year's uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. (ANI)


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