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4 years ago  ::  May 25, 2012 - 1:40PM #1
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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.
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Morsi was in the lead with 30.8 percent of the ballots so far, according to the independent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, which was compiling reports from counters. That is likely enough to put him into the run-off.

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."

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