Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt’s presidential election Tuesday, apparently because of an unexpectedly low turnout.
Egyptians, beset by a heat wave and overheated politics, resent American meddling in their contested presidential election.Egyptians resent a U.S. attempt to influence the outcome of their contested presidential election. Editor’s note: Since this dispatch was posted, election authorities have declared Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi the winner and Egypt’s new president.
Hundreds of Egyptians set fire to the campaign headquarters of Ahmed Shafik after it was announced Tuesday that the Mubarak-era senior military commander had won enough votes to enter a runoff contest with the Islamic candidate Mohamed Morsi.
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.
Voters in Egypt turned out in droves on Wednesday to cast their ballots in the first free presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power during the Arab Spring uprising 15 months ago.
One month before Egypt's presidential vote, 100,000 or more Islamists and liberals of all parties packed Tahrir Square to join in support of Egypt's revolution.