Thursday, December 08, 2005
The third round of the parliament elections ended yesterday. 8 people were killed as the government tried to curb back Muslim Brotherhood supporters in an attempt to hault the organization's tsunami. It worked. The MB only gained 11 seats during this round raising their final seats number to 87. The NDP managed to win 2 thirds of the seats and so retain its control over the parliament.
I am surprised that the MB didn't surpass the 100 seats. It seems the government didn't want them to pass this symbolic number. Now the MB have almost 20% of the parliament seats. We'll still have to wait and see what awesome topics these 87 MPs will discuss!
In reality, the NDP didn't win 2 thirds of the seats. It won far less. However, many independents tend to join the NDP once they get elected and therefore increase the parties share of the parliament.
The secular opposition parties only managed to win 3.4% of the seats. What a disaster.