Egypt Elections

Second day of voting begins

Sunday marks the second and final day of voting in Egypt to elect the country’s first president since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office in 2011.

The former prime minister of Mubarak’s reign Ahmed Shafiq is up against Islamist candidate Mohammad Mursi.

The vote follows a much resented court ruling to dissolve the parliament on Thursday.Mr Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the step as unlawful and a coup against democracy.

Mr Shafiq came second in last month’s first round, in which turnout among the 52 million eligible voters was only 46%. Official results gave Mr Mursi 24.8% and Mr Shafiq 23.7%.

Final results from the Higher Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) are due by 21 June, but are expected to arrive much earlier.

Candidate profiles

 

Mohammed Mursi

Aged 60

US-educated engineering professor

Head of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)
Served as independent MP 2000-05
Quietly spoken, viewed by some as lacking charisma

Has promised “stability, security, justice and prosperity” under an Islamic banner

Ahmed Shafiq

Aged 70

Veteran fighter pilot and former air force chief

Appointed Egypt’s first aviation minister, earning reputation for competence and efficiency

Promoted to PM during February 2011 protests

Associated with Mubarak regime, though denies being backed by ruling military council

Campaigned on a promise to restore security

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