Egypt: Brotherhood candidate Mursi face Mubarak's last prime minister Shafiq in run-off

Egypt: Brotherhood candidate Mursi face Mubarak's last prime minister Shafiq in run-off

Cairo : Egypt | May 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM PDT
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Egyptian Election Pacing Toward Secular-Religious Showdown

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that its candidate Mohamad Mursi would go on the presidential run-off against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq in the June 16-17 vote.

According to Egyptian state television, the results of the first round of Egypt’s presidential election will be announced on May 29.

According to unofficial results, 90 percent of the ballots in Egypt’s presidential election have been counted and Morsi is leading with 25 percent while Shafiq is in the second place with 23 percent based on results from 12,800 polling stations out of 13,100.

However, according to Alahram daily, Mursi won 25.3 percent of the vote, and Shafiq 24 percent. Hamdeen Sabahi won 22 percent.

On Saturday, Ahmed Shafiq pledged to defend the gains of the revolution and restore security. "They stole your revolution," said Mubarak's last prime minister at a press conference addressing a group of young people.

"I undertake to submit in your hands the fruits" of the revolution. A former general, considered a cacique of the old regime, he said "we can not go back," but this does not mean that we must leave the country to "be sucked into the chaos."

He lashed out indirectly at the Muslim Brotherhood, playing on fears by the Coptic minority and secular liberals if the Islamist candidate wins the vote for president. "Nobody should be excluded or marginalized," he said. "Everyone has the right to be part of the Egyptian nation."

Also on Saturday, the Freedom and Justice party of the Muslim Brotherhood urges people to rally behind its presidential candidate Mohamad Mursi.

At the same time, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Essam al-Arian called on patriotic political parties and groups for a consultation meeting on Saturday 26 May in Cairo.To make sure the Brotherhood beat the former prime minister Ahmad Shafiq, they must enlist the support of political forces close to the revolution.

The campaigns of Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a former Brotherhood leader who ran independently of the movement, former foreign minister Amr Mussa and Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi said the three men would not attend,Alarabiya news reported.

But Aboul Fotouh's campaign earlier issued a statement calling on Egyptians to confront "the corrupt regime" in the run-offs, in a veiled reference to Shafiq, AFP news reported.

Local and international analysts believe the behavior of the Brotherhood after its victory in parliamentary elections has led to discontent among the revolutionary forces, whether liberal or leftist. Some have even compared the use of power by the Brotherhood to that of Mubarak. This, it will require more than rhetoric to convince the voters to grant more power to the Muslim Brotherhood.

For her part, Reuters news reported that the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said : The US will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year's uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life.


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Egypt: Brotherhood candidate Mursi face Mubarak's last prime minister Shafiq in run-off
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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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