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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Egypt’s Voters Head To The Polls

Several hundreds Imams listen to Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi at a rally in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. (AP)

Several hundreds Imams listen to Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi at a rally in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. (AP)

The polls open Wednesday for Egypt’s first real democratic presidential election. The campaign last week featured the Arab world’s first real presidential debate. There are  five front runners, including candidates from Islamist and secular groups, as well as those representing former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarek’s old guard.

“The front runners nicely capture a wide stretch of the spectrum, while leaving out the extremes,” said journalist Thanassis Cambanis.

“Voter interest is high,” Cambanis said. “And the military rulers seem unlikely to allow major fraud based on their record in the parliamentary elections.

But Cambanis warns that a fair presidential election does not necessarily mean a fully democratic Egypt.

None of the candidates is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote, setting off a runoff election on June 16 and 17.

Guest:

  • Thanassis Cambanis, journalist and author of “A Privileged to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel”

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  • JohnDahodi

    WE SHOULD USED TO LIVE WITH ISLAMIST. The days of our political dictatorship and hegemony is almost over. It would be much better that we should accept the reality and used to live in peace with all democratic regimes of any color, religion and race around the globe rather than isolate our self from the majority of Islamic blocks; who would like to get power using democratic means.  Being a super power, it is time for us to accept any group or party without any pre-condition and use our yard sticks of fairness, justice, humanity, equality and compassion to make them our friends. For so long we have given priority to only one friend-Israel and accepted her every and all wrong and right wishes at the expense of more than 30 Islamic Nations, and sacrificing not only billions of dollars but our own principles, reputation and image. That need to be changed; sooner is better for ALL. 

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