90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
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”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • 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. 

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 21 Comment

Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

July 21 Comment

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

July 18 28 Comments

A Conversation With Immigrant Activist Jose Antonio Vargas

We sit down with the immigrant-rights activist, who has written extensively about the fact that he has been living illegally in the U.S. for years.

July 18 4 Comments

Will Israel Widen The War And Will Hamas Run Out of Rockets?

What will drive Israel's decision? What are the strategic calculations Hamas is making and how will it emerge from this conflict?