Egypt heads for presidential run-off

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pretoria - Preliminary results in Egypt's presidential poll suggest the Muslim Brotherhood candidate and a military officer closely linked to the ousted Hosni Mubarak have garnered the most votes.

Mohamed Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq could be headed for a run-off poll.

Shafiq was Mubarak's last prime minister. Some Egyptians fear that a victory for him would undermine the change sought by the anti-Mubarak uprising. But a win for Mursi would herald a rule by Islamists.

After long months of struggle, ever since the January uprising last year, uprising leaders are now stuck with a riddle amid the preliminary results of the presidential elections.

The results announced by the state news agency stated the lead in the race for Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim brotherhood leader and Mubarak's former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Ahmed Maher, Fouder April 6th Political Movement, said: "The Brotherhood have a huge experience in organising elections and mobilising votes and supporters towards voting unlike most of the other candidates. Shafiq has the support of the former ruling party, state security officers, and corruptive members of former regime and that's why he won."

The results have created confusion among people who did not want the final race to be between the former regime and neither the Brotherhood.

The undecided and boycotters to the upcoming runoff scheduled for 16 June seemed to be rising.

But analysts believe that the results of the elections are 100% correct and it represents the Egyptians' will.