The Muslim Brotherhood's [MB] political party won additional seats in the second round of Egyptian elections, building on 37% of votes they won in the party list section of the election. Along with election victories for the Salafi party al-Nour, Islamists are poised to play a dominant role in the formation of any Egyptian ruling coalition.
The Freedom and Justice Party [FJP], the MB's political faction, claims that it won 34 out of 56 seats set aside for individual candidates, according to UK news source The London Daily Telegraph. In the first round, the FJP won 37% of votes as part of a coalition it had entered. The right-of-center Salafi party al-Nour seized 24% of the votes in the first round, and claims that they received 5 of 54 seats during the second round of elections.
There are conflicting reports as to whether the FJP will cooperate with the more conservative al-Nour party, who surprised analysts by winning so many votes. Al-Nour supports a severe interpretation of Sharia law and its punishments, whereas the Muslim Brotherhood advocates the gradual Islamization of Egyptian society. Christian Egyptians have expressed concern at either possibility.