Egypt's election results: Palestinian victory & Zionist defeat?
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The official results of the first round of the historic Egyptian presidential elections, the first ever in Mother Egypt where the results were not known in advance, present an encouraging snapshot of "new democratic Egypt" given that close to 50% of Egypt's approximately 50 million eligible voters, some standing in line to vote in scorching heat for hours, will not be officially announced until late May.
It appears, based on exit polls and information from the Muslim Brotherhood media office, that the two candidates who will face each other in the June 16-17 final round of voting will be the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi (25%) facing Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (24%).
Mr Mursi and Mr Shafiq represent very different strands of Egyptian society. Mr. Shafiq will continue to draw his support from people fearful of an Islamist takeover, and those exhausted by the upheavals of the past 16 months.
Both finalists will carry substantial political baggage into Round Two. While Mursi will have the vast and competent Muslim Brotherhood organization working during the next two weeks to get out the vote for him, as well as the support of most Islamist parties, his candidacy still faces pervasive voter doubt over having the long outlawed MB control both the Egypt's Parliament and its Presidency. Egyptian voters appear to be worrying that this kind of broad power effectively is too similar to the Mubarak era and also eliminates checks and balances needed to moderate MB's pledge to enact Sharia law and to honor its commitment to scrap military rule.
The following statement by the MB's Mohammad Mursi, delivered just last week at a Cairo University campaign rally is raising concern:
"The Quran in our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path, and martyrdom in the service of God is our goal. We shall enforce Islamic Sharia, and shall accept no alternative to it."
Israel and the US will back Mr. Shafiq in various ways and he will benefit from the view that he represents Egypt's military, many of the countries wealthy and powerful more conservative voting blocks, the business community, Coptic Christians, ( roughly ten percent of the voters) who understandably seek security above all else, and many others who will vote for what they calculate to be the lesser of two evils.
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