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Egypt Election Day: Top 5 contenders still in play

By May 24, 2012

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2012 Egypt voting The second day of landmark presidential elections in Egypt is coming to a close, pitting the faces of the old establishment against Islamists and independent candidates. So far so good, with no unrest or claims of major fraud.

First unofficial results could be released later tonight, with the final outcome announced on Tuesday. Opinion polls carried out over the past weeks delivered wildly different results, but most pointed to large numbers of undecided voters. The race is wide open, and I dont think anyone will pass the 50% threshold and win in the first round. Will the Islamists repeat the success from parliamentary polls six months ago?

But the uncertainty extends beyond the name of the winner. All the excitement over the first free presidential polls aside, we still don't know what exactly Egyptians are voting for: the executive powers of the presidency are yet to be defined by the upcoming constitution, and no one knows how the generals in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, de-facto rulers of the country, will cooperate with the new president.

See here for profiles of the top five contenders.

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