September 21, 2017

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  • Runoff results: A reading

    A mother carries her child as she votes in Gamal Abdel Nasser School polling station in Cairo.

    BY AMIRA SALAH-AHMED Cairo: It’s a close race. Preliminary results show Mohamed Morsi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, winning by 4 percent. Well, at least according to his campaign, which has so far held two press conferences announcing almost identical results, the first complete with a mini victory speech at 4 am on Monday. Morsi reportedly won 52 percent of the vote, while 48 percent went to his contender Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his longtime civil aviation minister. Their preliminary results show that Morsi won a total 13,238,298…

    Why I’m voting

    Outside the Constitutional Court on Thursday, protesters waited for an "expected" verdict. (Photo by Sarah El Sirgany)

    BY SARAH EL SIRGANY Cairo: When the results of the first round were announced, the choice was clear for me. It wasn’t difficult. In case of a runoff between a representative of the Mubarak regime and another candidate, then I’m choosing the latter. No brainer. Ahmed Shafik is an ex-air force commander, a long-time civil aviation minister under Hosni Mubarak and the last prime minister appointed by the ousted president in a theatrical attempt to appease the masses in January 2011. His incompetence as prime minister — showcased in his inability for over a month to do any of the…

    Detained activists released

    The scorching heat didn't deter women from lining up to cast their vote at Almaza School.

    BY SAFAA ABDOUN Cairo: Reports of the arrest of activists and journalists marred the first day of Egypt’s contentious presidential election runoff pitting ex-regime icon Ahmed Shafik against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi. According to Mahmoud Afify, official spokesman of the April 6 Youth Movement, 30 members of the group were arrested near polling stations in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Minya and Beheira but were released by the prosecutor several hours later. “They were standing in front of the polling stations carrying the pictures of the martyrs to remind people of those who gave up their lives for Egypt,” said Afify….

    Visibly lower turnout in runoff

    Polling stations saw a visibly lower turnout on day one of the runoff.

    BY AMIRA SALAH-AHMED Cairo: The early part of day one of the runoff in Egypt’s first post-Hosni Mubarak presidential election saw a palpably lower turnout compared to the first round. As the sun beat down on protesters, the Presidential Election Committee extended voting by one hour and said polling stations will close at 9 pm. The expectation is that more voters will be encouraged to queue up after sunset. The runoff pits Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafik against the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Morsi, creating a sense of despondence amongst voters, many of…

    Sharqiya turns against MB

    Despite voting Brotherhood in the PA elections, Sharqiya, the birthplace of the two rivaling candidates, chose Shafik in the first round.

    BY SAFAA ABDOUN Sharqiya: For the residents of Sharqiya, the presidential election is a vendetta against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In the first round, ex-air force commander Ahmed Shafik won the Delta province with 627,808 votes, 90,000 more than Mohamed Morsi’s 536,634 votes. Sharqiya was supposed to be an easy win for the MB’s Morsi, who served as the province’s MP in 2000-2005. While Shafik’s sweeping win stunned observers, residents of the area were unsurprised. The Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political arm led by Morsi, had won 18 of 30 seats in Sharqiya during the parliamentary elections just…

    Editorial: The final chapter

    Protesters pray in front of the Constitutional Court Thursday as they wait for the verdict.

    BY RANIA AL MALKY Cairo: In his hospital bed at Tora prison, Egypt’s old tyrant must be reveling in satisfaction, seeing that his legacy lives on, as he watches protégé Ahmed Shafik rise from the ashes of his regime and stick his tongue out to the “revolution.” Backed by his uniformed loyal subjects in the military council, a complicit judicial system and his son’s business cronies, Mubarak must be preparing his suitcase, ready to start a new life as an ex-president in Sharm El-Sheikh. The Supreme Constitutional Court Thursday ruled in favor of Shafik, declaring parliament’s amendments to the political…

    Voters look for third option

    Screen grab from the boycott campaign video says "I refuse," urging Egyptians to go on mass protests instead of voting.

    BY MAI SHAMS EL-DIN Cairo: Many Egyptians find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place in the first post-Mubarak presidential election. This political and moral dilemma of having to choose between an icon of the ousted regime and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate has boosted boycott calls as a viable third option. Former air force commander and Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafik is slated to face off with the Freedom and Justice Party’s Mohamed Morsi in the June 16-17 runoff. Egyptians abroad have already started voting. The candidates embody the two extremes of a polarized political sphere. Shafik…

    Two candidates, one dire economy

    The tourism sector continues to struggle after the July 3 coup and ensuing political unrest. (File photo by Dalia Rabie)

    BY AMR RAMADAN Cairo: Egypt’s presidential candidates are polarizing on many levels, but they do have one thing in common: both face a dire economic situation that needs quick fixing as well as a long-term vision to solve countless longstanding socioeconomic ailments. In the June 16-17 runoff, voters face the unenviable choice between ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, and the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Mohamed Morsi. Over the past year and a half, economic issues have taken a back seat to political instability, lacking security and ideological power struggles that…

    Election may spur sectarian divide

    About 2.5-3 million Copts voted in the first round, effectively 10-13 percent of the turnout.

    BY SAFAA ABDOUN Cairo: Egypt’s choice for president has been narrowed down to an Islamist and an ex-army general, stoking in the process potential sectarian tension. As soon as the results of round one were out, accusations were hurled on social media and across the airwaves: The Copts did it. They helped former air force commander Ahmed Shafik make it to the runoff. Their fear of Islamists led Egypt back to the arms of the Mubarak regime. As critics were blaming the Brotherhood for using mosques in electoral campaigning, the church was accused of mobilizing Egypt’s Christians, estimated to be…

    Hamdeen Sabahi’s surprise rise

    Hamdeen Sabahi voting in round one of the election. (Photo by Hassan Ibrahim)

    BY MAI SHAMS EL-DIN Cairo: The time of miracles has gone, but the results of the first round in Egypt’s presidential election suggested it might not be over yet. A possible miracle was in the making and its name was Hamdeen Sabahi. As the results were slowly revealed over the course of one long night, observers and voters were expecting to see what corresponded to the opinion poll that consistently portrayed former Arab League chief Amr Moussa and former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moniem Abol Fotoh as frontrunners. The upset that relegated the pair to fourth and fifth place and…

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