What an amazing moment in time. Two thirds of Egypt has voted to become Islamist. And with this hefty majority, the newly Islamic Egyptian parliament will be able to draft its new constitution without consulting anyone else in Egypt. Anyone wanna’ bet what kind of constitution that will be?
Think also about what is about to happen to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
And, what about the Christian minorities in Egypt?
They’ve already suffered greatly at the hands of the government and army. Do you think that their situation will improve?
I don’t think so, either.
Do you remember when the Islamists did the same thing in Iran, in 1979?
I do. It wasn’t pretty.
And, it wouldn’t have happened without the help of Jimmy Carter.
I suspect that history will record the same for Barack Obama and this new Islamic Revolution in Egypt.
Anyone want four more years of this?
By Sherine El Madany
CAIRO | Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:08pm EST
(Reuters) – Egypt’s two leading Islamist parties won about two-thirds of votes for party lists in the second round of polling for a parliament that will help draft a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule, the election committee said Saturday.
The party list led by the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 36.3 percent of the list vote, while the ultra-conservative Salafi al-Nour Party took 28.8 percent, pushing the liberal Wafd party into third place.
The vote, staged over six weeks, is the first free election Egypt has held after the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who routinely rigged polls before he was overthrown by a popular uprising in February.
The West long looked to Mubarak and other strongmen in the region to help combat Islamist militants, and has watched warily as Islamist parties have topped votes in Tunisia, Morocco and now Egypt.
Parliament’s prime job will be appointing a 100-strong assembly to write a new constitution which will define the president’s powers and parliament’s clout in the new Egypt.