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Free Egyptians calls Morsi-Shafiq showdown 'worst-case scenario'
Spokesman for liberal Free Egyptians Party says diversity of vote proves Egyptian public is not dominated by single ideology or political current
Ahram Online, Friday 25 May 2012
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Spokesman for Egypt's liberal Free Egyptians Party Ahmed Khairy on Thursday called the likely runoff vote between Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak-era minister Ahmed Shafiq "the worst-case scenario."

Khairy described Morsi as an "Islamic fascist" and Shafiq as a "military fascist."

He went on to say that voting results – which have been marked by considerable diversity – showed that the Egyptian people were not dominated by a single ideology or a political current.

As for which candidate the party would throw its weight behind in the runoff vote, Khairy said this had not been decided yet.

"It will be very hard to endorse either of the candidates that made it to the runoff," he said. "The Free Egyptians Party, therefore, will either boycott the vote or leave the decision up to individual members, as had been the case in the first round of voting."

Khairy went on to say that first-round results had four major implications:

1- Most Egyptians do not support the notion of a religious state and the application of Islamic Law.

2- Egypt's two leading Islamist parties – the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Nour Party – both garnered fewer votes than they did in last year's parliamentary polls.

3- Much of the public is sympathetic to the revolution, since some 40 per cent of the vote went to pro-revolution candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh.

4- Votes for Shafiq were not necessarily votes against the revolution. In many cases, people voted for Shafiq simply to punish the Muslim Brotherhood.

Final results collected by Ahram Online from 25 governorates throughout Egypt as of 4:30pm showed Morsi still in the lead, closely followed by Shafiq, while Sabbahi – who proved the dark horse of the race – fell back to third. Cairo and Giza results, meanwhile, which could be decisive, have yet to be tabulated.

1.  Morsi 4,406,782 (26.48 per cent)

2.  Shafiq 4,115,840 (24.74 per cent)

3.  Sabbahi 3,329,519 (20.01 per cent)

4.  Abul-Fotouh 2,959,937 (17.79 per cent)

5.  Moussa 1,778,244 (10.69 per cent)





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mohamed elkhashab
26-05-2012 12:25pm
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poor egyptians
The choice has to be on of the far ends
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Merill
25-05-2012 08:03pm
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Those who reject the will of the people are the fascists.
The real fascists are those who refuse to submit to the will of the people. The leftists, the secularists and their arrogant allies among intellectuals must come to terms with the fact that they are a small minority. The Ikhwan are the winners. They have the right to be on the top.
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A woman
28-05-2012 01:16pm
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Small minority?
Small minority??? Sorry, completely wrong account, as the fact is that the leftists, the secularists and their "arrogant allies among intellectuals" very clearly have the MAJORITY with 56 percent of all the people (who vent for vote) for their candidates! So about which winners you are talking? It is also funny, that you don't speak about Dr. Mursi (as it was an election about persons) as the winner or about the FJP, but about the Ikhwan... Please keep also in mind that the Ikhwan UNTIL NOW is a non registered group, which is very clearly against all laws! What about this? And what about the will of the people, if only 25 percent of all voted for Dr. Mursi? Are 25 percent THE people??? Very strange indeed....
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A woman
25-05-2012 07:34pm
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Turnout is a shame
You are right in all what you say, Mr. Khairy!!! Worst case scenario indeed!!!But something else: If for example in Luxor or Qena Gouvernorates the turnout is lower than 30 percent, than those people don't deserve any president, they just deserve someone to beat them until they wake up. Nobody especially in those low turnout areas should ever complain again about the bad situation in Egypt, it is a shame!!!
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A man
25-05-2012 08:19pm
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Turnout is a BIG shame
I completely agree. Egyptians were given the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate and these areas where turnout was lower than 30% are a disgrace.They literally have no right to complain now. The next election will only give them between 2 choices: Mohammad Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq. I know a lot of people dislike the ikhwan or are afraid Egypt will become Saudi Arabia or Iran, however this is most definitely not the case with the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB's ideology is extremely different to the religious establishment in Iran and SA. Either way, DO NOT VOTE FOR SHAFIQ. Even if Morsi implements strict social laws such as no drinking or no promiscuity, it's MUCH BETTER THAN LOSING THE RIGHT TO PROTEST OR RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH OR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. Shafiq will make sure he will get 99.9% of the vote next elections. He will make his family super rich and Egypt will never walk out of poverty again!

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