Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Gains Support

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – The banned Muslim Brotherhood locked up about one-quarter of the parliamentary seats open in two rounds of balloting, according to results released Monday – an unexpectedly strong sign of Egypt’s increasing turn toward conservative Islam and dissatisfaction with the U.S.-allied regime.

Al-Borai, the rights advocate, said the Brotherhood’s powerful showing may help the democratic process – by forcing the Mubarak regime to include more liberal and secular elements of the opposition as a bulwark against Islamic fundamentalism.

“Even if the ruling party had put an angel from heaven on the ballot, voters would hate him and vote against him,” al-Boari said. “To the Egyptian people, the NDP is Mubarak and his old guard, and voters are bored with them.”

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