Egypt: Brotherhood Candidate and Former PM to Run-Off Round (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/25/12)
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Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi and former President
Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, are the two
candidates who will face off in a run-off round in Egypt’s
According to a report by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm,
Morsi has taken 24.9 percent of the votes, and Shafiq is a close
second with 24.5 percent.
Though official election results will not be announced for at least
two days, the newspaper’s calculations show that Morsi and Shafiq are
likely to be in the run-off on June 16 and 17.
In a surprising turn of events, Egypt’s former foreign minister Amr
Moussa, who had been considered a top candidate, did not do well in
the polls. Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi has surprised many by
coming in third, with 4,616,937, or 21.1 percent of the votes, Al-
Masry Al-Youm reported.
Earlier on Friday, the Muslim Brotherhood said its candidate had won
through to the run-off.
“It is clear that the run-off will be between Mohammed Morsi and
Ahmed Shafiq,” a Brotherhood official told reporters.
Shafiq said earlier this month that he would be ready to visit
Israel, if elected, “provided it gives something to show it has good
The Muslim Brotherhood, which also clinched the majority in recent
parliamentary elections, has threatened to cancel the peace treaty
with Israel by putting the issue up for a referendum and letting
Channel 2 News reported on Friday that former Muslim Brotherhood
leader Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh, who had also been considered a
frontrunner, has hinted that he will tell his supporters to vote for
Morsi in the second round. According to the report, this may help
Morsi clinch the victory.(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/25/12)
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