Leon Panetta said on Friday that it is too soon to determine the outcome of the Egyptian elections. He should tell that to the interim government of Egypt which made it clear that the young liberation rebels lost big and the prize goes to the Muslim Brotherhood first and the Salafis second.
The Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party garnered 36.6 percent of the 9.7 million valid ballots cast last week for party lists. The Nour Party, representing the more hard-line Salafi Islamists, captured 24.4 percent. The liberal Egyptian Bloc – which came in third with 13.4 percent of the votes – could counterbalance hard-line elements.
The tallies offer only a partial indication of how the new parliament will look. There are still two more rounds of voting in 18 of the country’s 27 provinces over the coming month and runoff elections on Monday and Tuesday to determine almost all of the seats allocated for individuals in the first round.
The position of Islamists is set. They will be in power as will Shari’ah Law with all its servitude of women and banning of anything fun, such as dancing and alcohol. The Salafis are already questioning whether women should be allowed to drive.
We now have a fairly strict religious state rising out of the ashes, one in which Shari’ah Law will be the law of the land, but they didn’t do it without help.
Newsmax reported: They had the $200 million Obama gave them for democracy building. Another wasteful expenditure of U.S. tax dollars. With 65 percent of the vote going to Islamist candidates, it doesn’t appear the money was well spent.
Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, told Campaigns & Elections magazine that $65 million went to Egypt after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and an additional $100 million was earmarked for economic development but also to train Egypt’s nascent political parties.
The money is going through the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.