|1 year ago :: May 25, 2012 - 1:40PM #1|
Welcome to the first ( and most likely last ) Egyptian Presidential elections in umpteen years.
Egypt Elections 2012: Run-Off Set Between Muslim Brotherhood, Mubarak's Last Prime Minister
By MAGGIE MICHAEL 05/25/12 06:25 AM ET AP
CAIRO -- The candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a run-off election, according to partial results Friday from Egypt's first genuinely competitive presidential election. A former prime minister an a leftist were vying for second place and a chance to run against him to become the country's next leader.
The run-off will be held on June 16-17, pitting the two top contenders from the first round of voting held Wednesday and Thursday. The victor is to be announced June 21.
But the race for second place remained narrow. Shafiq took 21 percent of the votes so far, while Hamdeen Sabahi had 20 percent, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. The Brotherhood said in a statement that Shafiq would be in the run-off along with Morsi.
Sabahi, a leftist who models himself after the nationalist, socialist ideology of former President Gamal Abdel-Nasser, has emerged as a surprise contender during the two days of voting. He had been considered a dark horse behind four other candidates, but he surged among Egyptians looking for an alternative to both Islamists and the former regime figures known as "feloul," or "remnants."