It’s Wait and See as Egypt Counts the Votes
Posted on May 25, 2012
The official results of the Egyptian election won’t be known until Tuesday, but the outlook points to a strong showing by Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, the possibility of which has scared some Egyptians into voicing support for a candidate from Mubarak’s administration.
One likely contender for Morsi is the independent Islamist candidate and former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh. Morsi is expected to compete with Aboul Fotouh or one of three other front-runners in a runoff vote in mid-June. —ARK
Voters admitted they faced tough choices. Hamada, a Cairo hairdresser, told al-Ahram he would vote for the “corrupt” Shafiq to protect his livelihood.
“We don’t want an Islamic state, although we believe in the revolution. We need a force to counteract the Islamist-dominated parliament … we need someone to secure our jobs, to allow our wives to walk in the streets and help us raise our children safely.
“I know he’s a thief, corrupt and a liar but who isn’t? The two Brotherhood candidates [Morsi and Abul Fotouh]? Of course not! And Sabbahi won’t reach the second round. I’ll lose my job if an Islamist becomes president because my job will be forbidden. Our revolution has been stolen.”
khalid Albaih (CC BY 2.0)