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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In Early Counts,Brotherhood Taking a Strong Lead

 In returns announced so far, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to be doing extremely well in the Egyptian Parliamentary elections, though official results will not be announced until Thursday night. Given its organization and preparation, that is not really a surprise. The Salafist Nour Party also seems to be drawing well,however, which is more unexpected. There are going to be a great many runoffs, and as we keep mentioning only nine governorates voted, so it is far to early, in my opinion, tostart the what-it-all-means sort of analysis. After 60 years of utterly predictable "elections," it's interesting to watch one that may have some surprises in store.

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