Electoral news update from the Arab Spring:
The final results in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections confirm an overwhelming victory for Islamist parties.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won the largest number of seats under Egypt’s complex electoral system.
The hardline Salafist Nour party came second.
The liberal New Wafd and the secular Egyptian Bloc coalition are some way behind them.
Jolly for them.
This was inevitable, of course. Just as in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the only vehicle for popular resistance to regime tyranny was the mosque and its extensions. The Islamists and Salafists were more organized than their liberal or secular rivals.
One man, one vote. The real questions is whether these parties can deliver results on the peoples’ aspirations, and if not, whether the vote will have been, “one time.”