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Egypt: Islamist set to take on military man in election run-off

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Egypt: Islamist set to take on military man in election run-off


With most of the votes counted in Egypt’s landmark presidential election, the Muslim Brotherhood claims its candidate is topping the polls.

Mohamed Mursi is set to take on Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, in a second round run-off.

“Honestly, I didn’t want Mursi to win in the first round,” said one voter.

“I wanted it to be Shafiq, so that the total authority is not just in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. I voted for them in the parliamentary elections but there needs to be variety.”

The poll has split voters. There are those who fear islamist domination and others who are against an effective return to the Mubarak era.

A group of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to voice their opposition to Shafiq.

“A new revolution will erupt with new casualties. We don’t want Shafiq,” warned one demonstrator.

The official results of the presidential poll will not be known until next week. However, a senior judge involved in supervising the vote has said that Mursi and Shafiq are in the lead.

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