Egyptians Vote in First Free Presidential Election

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
More than 15 months after the ouster of their autocratic leader, Egyptians have been streaming to polling stations.

Egyptian voters line up to cast ballots in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cario, Egypt on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

CAIRO (AP) -- More than 15 months after the ouster of their autocratic leader, Egyptians have been streaming to polling stations to freely choose a president for the first time in generations.
Lines have been long and some were forced to wait for hours, but that didn't seem to dull the sense of amazement voters expressed at having a choice in the Arab world's first truly competitive presidential election.
A field of 13 candidates is running, but the real battle is between four front-runners. One (Mohammed Morsi ) represents the powerful Muslim Brotherhood while another (Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh) is considered a moderate Islamist, and his inclusive platform has won him the support of some liberals, leftists and minority Christians.
The two secular front-runners are both veterans of Mubarak's regime -- former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and former foreign minister Amr Moussa (AH'-mer MOO'-sah).
Absent from the ballot are prominent candidates representing the young, secular liberals who led last year's uprising.
The two-day first run is not expected to produce an outright winner, so a runoff between the two top vote-getters will be held June 16-17. The winner will be announced June 21.
Around 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote.


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