Islamists well placed as opposition to Scaf escalates

Eygpt's Islamist parties have dominated the first stage of the public vote, but their motivations are being questioned, writes Peter Geoghegan in Cairo.

4th December, 2011
Islamists well placed as opposition to Scaf escalates
Protesters carry symbolic coffins at Tahrir Square last Friday. Photo: Getty

''The revolution replaced one Hosni Mubarak with 19 Hosni Mubaraks," is a popular quip among many on Cairo's teeming streets. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) - which replaced the ousted dictator in February - has been accused of failing to cede power to civilians and of orchestrating a brutal crackdown that saw 42 people killed in the environs around Tahrir Square recently.

Judging by preliminary results from this week's elections, Egyptian opposition to the...

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