Egyptian Elections – Result: First Stage


by Dr Ashraf Ismail on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 11:45pm

Egyptian Elections – Result: First Stage

On Friday 25th May 2012, the 3rd day of the presidential election in Egypt. The 3 presidential candidates in forefront are in the following order: Mr Ahmed Shafiq, Dr Mohamed Morsi, and Mr Hamdeen Sabahi. The first is leading by 100,000 votes and we are still waiting for the final results of the last 6 governates. It is already expected and predicted that the election will be repeated next week between the two fore runners. Mr Shafiq is a military background man who served under the previous regime and Mr Morsi is a representative figure of the Muslim Brotherhood. The two candidates have different kind of supporters, wide and varied representative age groups, and different political agendas.

Mr Shafiq has both conservative and liberal way of thinking and know to be a very practical person aiming to bring stability to the country and solid investments. Whereas Mr Morsi is an islamist hardliner with an affiliation to a group that has deceitful history full of violence.

In terms of future investments and socio-economic development programmes, it is widely envisaged that Egypt’s economy will rapidly grow under Mr Shafiq’s development progamme. Others do have reservations and fears about the state of affairs that Egypt will go through should Mr Morsi wins this race.

Violence and unrest could easily be evident but we cannot guess to what extent at this stage. Several pro-revolution groups have been making suggestive remarks, on social networking sites, towards violence and revenge because Mr Shafiq’s presence on the political scene and being at the leadership of this fair election.

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