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Nearly 40% of Egyptians undecided ahead of vote
A recent poll reveals that nearly 40 per cent of the Egyptian voters are still unsure about their preferred candidate ahead of the publicly-awaited presidential elections in May
AFP, Sunday 15 Apr 2012
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Thousands of Islamists chant slogans as they rally in Tahrir Squarein Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 13, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Nearly 40 per cent of Egyptian voters are undecided less than six weeks before the first presidential election since the ouster of veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, a poll published on Saturday found.

A full 38 per cent of respondents said they had yet to make up their minds which of the 23 candidates to vote for in the May 23-24 first round, the poll published by the independent daily Al-Masry al-Yom found.

Among the 62 per cent who had decided, 20.1 per cent said they would vote for Mubarak's long-time intelligence chief Omar Suleiman who briefly served as vice president before the president's overthrow in February last year.

Suleiman was followed by former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh with 12.4 per cent and Salafist candidate Hazem Abu-Ismail with 11.7 per cent.

Former Arab League chief and Mubarak-era foreign minister Amr Moussa trailed with 6.4 per cent, followed by the Brotherhood's official candidate Khairat El-Shater with 3.2 per cent.

The poll was carried out on 10 April by the Egyptian Institute for Public Opinion Research (Bassira) among a sample of 2,034 people aged 18 and over.

Respondents were asked: "Who would you vote for if the election were held tomorrow?"

Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament on Thursday approved a bill that would ban members of Mubarak's regime from standing for public office, but it needs the support of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to become law.



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