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Egypt’s seculars desperate to balance Islamists

December 15, 2011 • World News


Egyptians crowd outside a polling station in Giza, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Egypt held Wednesday the second round of parliamentary voting, part of the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February. Arabic read ” Station 315/316″. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — Overwhelmed by Islamists in parliamentary elections, the secular and liberal youths who were the driving force behind Egypt’s uprising are scrambling to ensure their voices are not lost as a new constitution and government take shape.

Two Islamist blocs — newly emboldened after decades of repression under Mubarak’s secular regime — won close to 70 percent of seats in the initial balloting on Nov. 28-29, while the revolutionary parties got less than 15 percent so far, according to an Associated Press tally compiled from official results. A power struggle is emerging between religious factions and the ruling military, with liberals appearing to be on the sidelines.

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