The Egyptian president: Secular or Sharia?

First round of elections indicate significant opposition to Egypt becoming a religious state.

May 28, 2012 14:59
Egyptians argue elections in Tahrir Square

Egyptians argue elections in Tahrir Square 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The results of the Egyptian presidential elections are almost final, and it appears that Mohamed Mursy of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafik, a representative the old guard in the Mubarak regime, will likely face one another in final run-off elections.

The results indicate that Mursy got around 25 percent of the vote, followed by Shafik at 24 percent. Other leading candidates include Hamdeen Sabahy, a left wing liberal and strong supporter of Nasser (22 percent), Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotou, who is presented as a "liberal" Muslim (17 percent), and Amr Moussa, the former Egyptian foreign minister during Mubarak’s regime and former head of the Arab League (12 percent).


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