Egypt's two main Islamist parties claimed on Saturday to have together taken 62.2 per cent of the vote in the final stage of a general election, maintaining their lead in the overall contest.
The Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that it had got 35.2 per cent of the party list vote in the polling in the final nine governorates on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Al Nur party of the more conservative Salafists, said it received 27 per cent.
The two parties chalked up 65 per cent in the first two phases of Egypt's first general election since the February ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.
The elections for the lower house of parliament have divided up the country geographically.
The last stage included the Sinai region.
Under the complex electoral system adopted after Mubarak's ouster, second-round run-offs still have to be held later this month where necessary for the one third of seats that are decided in first-past-the-post constituencies.
From January 29, two-stage elections will then be held for the upper house.
Once the new parliament has been sworn in, a commmission will be appointed to draft a new constitution before presidential elections are held by the end of June.
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