Cairo Students Want Former Brotherhood Leader as President (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/11/12)
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University students in Egypt have chosen former Muslim Brotherhood
leader Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh as their preferred presidential
candidate, according to the Egypt-based Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.
The newspaper´s website reported that Abul-Fotouh won the support of
50.9 percent of Cairo University students who took part in mock
elections held at the university.
If Abul-Fotouh receives similar support also in the elections to be
held later this month, he will win them in the first round, the
Abul-Fotouh was followed in second place by Nasserist candidate
Hamdeen Sabahi, who received 17.9 percent of the students’ votes.
Sabahi was followed by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s
backup candidate, after its first choice, Khairat el-Shater, was
disallowed by the Egyptian Elections Commission. Morsi received 5.5
percent of the votes.
The biggest surprise in the Cairo University mock elections was that
Egypt’s former Foreign Minister, Amr Moussa, came in fourth place
with only 5.3 percent of the votes. Moussa is considered to be one of
the leading candidates in the presidential race.
A recently released poll found that Moussa was leading the race with
41.1 percent of the votes. Abul-Fotouh came in second with 27.3
percent of the votes.
Earlier this month, Moussa criticized the peace agreement between
Israel and Egypt and said that “the Camp David accords were dead and
buried long ago.”
“The Camp David agreements do not exist anymore,” he said. “They are
an historic document whose place is on the shelf. The purpose of the
agreement with Israel was to establish an independent Palestinian
government, whereas today we are talking about an independent
He stressed, however, that “as long as Israel respects the peace
treaty with Egypt we will do so as well, even though the primary
document which governs the relationship between Israel and the Arabs
is the Arab initiative of 2002.” These remarks echo similar ones he
has made in the past.
Another presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, has said that he would
be ready to visit Israel “provided it gives something to show it has
Shafiq served as former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime
minister. He was almost disqualified from the race because of a law
barring former senior officials from the Mubarak regime from running
for office. Egypt´s election commission reinstated Shafiq in the
presidential race just one day after disqualifying him.
Egyptians go to the polls on May 23 and 24. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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