CAIRO: After what many analysts have seen as a trouncing in the polls, the Salafist Nour party chairman Younes Makhion took to Facebook Wednesday evening to blast the parliamentary elections as the “worst in the history of the Egyptian Parliament.”
Of the former party strongholds of Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, and Beheira, the party only mustered a majority in Marsa Matrouh, garnereing 23,000 votes over rival party list “For the Love of Egypt.”
During the previous parliamentary elections 2011-2012, which followed the January 25 Revolution, the Nour Party won 24.36 percent of the parliamentary seats, coming in second after the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party.
The second round of the elections is scheduled for Nov. 22 and 23 for domestic Egyptians in the governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai. Meanwhile Egyptians outside Egypt will vote on Nov. 21 and 22.