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Election campaigning kicks off in Egypt

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Election campaigning kicks off in Egypt


Official campaiging is getting underway for the Egyptian presidential elections, but those in the running have been busy trying to win over voters for some weeks.

It is the first poll of its kind to be held since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak last year.

“I have waited for a long time for this time, when we can apply the law of God (referring to Sharia law) on our people and ourselves,’‘ said frontrunner Mohammed Mursi, from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

Former foreign minister Amr Moussa is also considered a strong contender.

Moussa is keen to distance himself from the previous regime. He has promised reforms and says he believes in social justice.

“I believe that Egypt has been injured and Egypt has been mismanaged,” Moussa said.

“Egypt should not get into an experiment that has not been tried before, entering us into a period of confusion.”

The first round of the presidential election is set for the end of May.

It is hoped the ruling military council will hand over power to civilian authorities at the beginning of July.

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