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Polls open for 50 million eligible voters in Egypt´s first
presidential elections. Egyptians talk to Ynet ahead of presidential
vote, say peace treaty with Israel to be maintained regardless of
Egyptians began voting on Saturday in a run-off presidential election
that offers them a stark choice between a conservative Islamist and a
former top military officer who was the last prime minister of ousted
President Hosni Mubarak.
It is a novelty for ordinary Egyptians, who are choosing their leader
for the first time in a history that stretches back to the pharaohs.
Polling stations opened to 50 million eligible voters for the first
of two days of voting at 8 am (0600 GMT).
Speaking to Ynet ahead of the second and decisive round of Egypt´s
presidential election, Egyptians say they believe that the country´s
peace treaty with Israel will be maintained regardless of the winner.
The tense battle pits Islamist candidate Mohammad Morsi against
secular candidate Ahmad Shafiq, associated with Egypt´s previous
regime. With many Egyptians fearing an Islamist takeover, while
others concerned about a return to the old regime.
Muhammad, a 20-year-old student from Cairo, told Ynet that he intends
to vote for Morsi, as he did in the first round, believing the
Islamist candidate will mark Egypt´s salvation.
Morsi hinted in the past that although he opposes normalization with
Israel, he has no intention to annul the peace treaty, and Muhammad
says he believes him: "We won´t be fighting Israel and will maintain
the Camp-David Accord while recognizing a Palestinian state in the
1967 borders…we´ll be securing the border with Israel properly."
Egypt under Morsi and the Islamic Brotherhood´s leadership will not
turn into a religious state like Iran, Muhammad said. "We´ll be a
civil society with an Islamic source of authority."
Issra, a local journalist, says she also intends to vote for Morsi,
noting that foreign policy will not be a factor when she casts her
ballot. "Ties with Israel are not my top priority," she said, further
reinforcing the feeling among many Egyptians that ties with the
Jewish state will not be affected.
Meanwhile, Shafiq supporters believe that he is the right man in the
right place. Ibrahim from Port Said says that a win by the secular
candidate will not change Egypt´s relations with Israel, while the 20-
year-old Shadi from northern Egypt credits the secular candidate for
being the only one who agreed to head the government at the end of
the Mubarak era.
Mohammad, 20, from Cairo, sums up by saying that he supports Shafiq
not because he likes him, but rather, because of his opponent. "As
opposed to Shafiq, the Islamic Brotherhood only cares about high-
ranking posts and about taking the reins of power," he says.
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/16/12)
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