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Egypt - Dec 24, 2011 - 17:54

Last modified: 24 Dec 2011 14:54

Islamist parties in Egypt have consolidated their gains in Egypt's parliamentary elections, securing more than 65 per cent of the seats determined so far, according to the latest results released.

Abdel-Moez Ibrahim, the country's election commission chief, announced the results from the second round of voting for party lists, in which nine provinces with about 7 million voters cast their ballots, on Saturday,

Based on the announcement, the Muslim Brotherhood says that its Freedom and Justice Party won 86 (47 per cent) of the 180 seats on offer so far.

The al-Nour party, the political arm of Egypt's Salafi movement, has won around 20 per cent of the seats contested so far.

The FJP officially won 36.5 per cent of the current vote for party lists, and al-Nour won 28.78 per cent.

The country's liberal parties fared badly again in the second round, with al-Wafd - the country's oldest party - winning 9.6 per cent of the party list vote and the Egyptian Bloc, the main liberal coalition, taking just seven per cent.