Report: Islamist Aboul Fotouh leading in Egypt expat vote

May 19, 2012 11:43

Semi-official results from Egypt's expatriates vote for the country's upcoming presidential election showed independent Islamist candidate Abdel Mouneim Aboul Fotouh in the lead, Egypt's Al-Ahram news website reported on Friday.

Aboul Fotouh - a former Muslim Brotherhood member that abandoned the party to run his own campaign - was ranking first with 11,934 votes counted at 15 embassies and consulates worldwide.

He was followed by the leftist-Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy at 8,287 votes, and former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Moussa at 7,418 votes.

The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Mursi, and former prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Shafiq, came in the third and fourth with 6,996 and 3,499 votes, respectively, according to the Al-Ahram report.

Egyptians at home will head to the polls on May 23 and 24 to vote for the country's new president, the first to replace Mubarak, who assumed the presidency in 1981 following the assassination of president Anwar El Sadat.

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