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Sabbahi's Karama Party to boycott Morsi-Shafiq presidential showdown
Nasserist presidential candidate says his party will boycott next month's runoff vote if it comes down to a contest between Brotherhood's Morsi and Mubarak-era Shafiq
Ahram Online, Monday 28 May 2012
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Hamdeen Sabahi
Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Nasserist Karama Party has announced plans to boycott next month’s presidential runoff poll in the event that the vote comes down to a showdown between Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak-era minister Ahmed Shafiq.

"The party rejects the notion of the Muslim Brotherhood dominating the country’s legislative bodies,” read a party statement issued on Sunday. “And it also rejects the notion of handing power over to remnants of the old [Mubarak] regime."

Party founder and Nasserist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, who contested the election on an independent ticket, came in at third place in last week’s poll, according to preliminary vote results. 

Egypt’s Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission is expected to announce final results on Monday.

Runoffs have been slated for 16 and 17 June.





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Maryam
29-05-2012 11:59am
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Boycot!
I think what has to be done now is to boycot the elections in June. So the next president cannot brag he has the support of ' the people of Egypt.'
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Hesham Agag
29-05-2012 08:32am
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Good step
I hope the other parties will follow AL KRAMA.
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Dr Yasser
28-05-2012 06:11pm
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Immature decision
This is a very immature and selfish decision. Those who do not make it to the second round still have a responsibilty towards their country and towards those who voted for them. Mursy is opening arms for all honest forces to join in and share the responsibilty of the next critical period. Troubles will settle down when people feel that all revolutionary forces are one hand against the previous corrupted regime
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Maryam
29-05-2012 12:02pm
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Boycot is the way
If I do not feel atracted (to say the least) to Shafiq of Mursi I should NOT vote. Why? because I do not want to feel guilty for helping one of them to power. I do not want to be responsible for The Iron Fist nor for The Kalifate
Bill
29-05-2012 11:43am
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Voicing your opinion is immature? That tactic died 25 January 2011.
I recall Obama saying something like, "We will no longer wait for those in power to cede to us our rightful place at the table." Then again, maybe Egyptians are not yet ready to really demand equal treatment and their rightful place in this democracy. Perhaps you are correct. Possibly those with whom you disagree are less mature, less wise, less worthy than you. Time will tell.
Hesham Agag
29-05-2012 08:32am
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Daydreams
Shafeek and his MASTERS wont allow Mursi to become prisedent because they are running the elections
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Umm Mahmoud
28-05-2012 06:01pm
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alafikra...
if you write in the name Sabahi on the run off form. It will be invalid and not counted. It will be disqualified. We need to rebuild Egypt. Having a pro-Revolution candidate (Dr. Mursi) still in the race is a good thing. We need to practice our team work and sportsmanship skills and win the election against Shafik. We still have a chance to win the revolution with Mursi.
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Bill
29-05-2012 11:39am
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Ballots will not necessarily be voided
If you have only a few dozen write-in ballots, you make a valid point. A few million, however, and it the message receives resounding support throughout the media and, ipso facto, a real democratic society takes ownership for their future.
A woman
29-05-2012 10:39am
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Which revolution do you mean!
Please Umm Mahmoud! Stop telling that Dr. Mursi is a pro-revolution-candidate!!! He did NOTHING for the revolution!!! Instead of this the MB have been the first ones in negotiations for their own favour with the Army and with Omar Suleiman when the revolution was still on the way! So which revolution you are talking about - for sure not the one from 2011. The woman spokesperson of the MB even told the women not to got to demonstrations because it is against religion! Stop telling these things!!! People are more intelligent then you maybe think! PLEASE....
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Umm Mahmoud
28-05-2012 05:56pm
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good sportsmanship?
Sometimes people win and sometimes they don't. This is the way it is. If there were two old regime members I could understand the need to be terribly upset. But Dr. Mursi is against Shafik. Dr. Mursi is pro-revolution. The responsibility is now to use our votes to continue the democratic process and get the rest of the revolutionary requests. Dr. Mursi is on the side of the revolution. This is something to be thankful for...even if someone didn't get their candidate in the run off. This is part of elections. We must continue to build Egypt and now at least we still have a chance! We must unite against Shafik. Dr. Mursi has my support.
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A woman
29-05-2012 08:53pm
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Please!!!
Please ya Umm Mahmoud!!! Don't speak about the revolution in context with Dr. Mursi!!! That's a very bad joke! People are more intelligent as you maybe think! Stop telling this nonsense about Dr. Mursi is on the side of the revolution. Which revolution do you mean??? The MB where the first ones in negotionations with the army and Suleiman for their own favour when the revolution was just startet. The spokeswoman of the MB even told women not to go to the demonstrations as this is against the religion. Please don't try to fool people!
Maryam
29-05-2012 12:05pm
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Boycott
No, I would never vote for Mursi, nor for Shafiq. Why should I do so now? Let the world know only 10% of those who may vote are behind the new president.
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Bill
28-05-2012 04:15pm
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Failure is an Option to Only Quitters and the World Hates a Quitter!
Boycott the election? Not an option. Give up. No way. Surrender? Not on your life. Such replies are heard always from winners, not losers. Thus, the road for Sabbahi supporters and true believers in the revolution leads to only one honest conclusion - write in the name Sabbahi in the run-off election. The people's will cannot and will not be denied if sufficient number get to the polls and democratically express their will. Then, after doing so, they can proceed to Tahrir Square. Or, they can sit an cry, "Not fair." The choice is obvious.
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