The first round of Egypt’s first free presidential elections has been completed, and early results have led to the speculation that the next round will be a fight between Ahmed Shafiq, deposed leader Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, and Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate. Official results of the vote are not expected until Tuesday.
The military council have given assurances that they will hand over power to the elected president by the 1st of July. The run-off for the second round will be held on 16th and 17th June.
Egyptians have split between those wishing to avoid returning power to an army figure from Mubarak’s politcal era and those concerned about handing over power to an Islamist candidate. The Muslim Brotherhood have promised to advocate the adoption of Sharia (Islamic) law in the country, a prospect that has been unnerving businesses, particularly those in the tourism trade.
The young revolutionaries who began the protests that finally ousted Mubarak have been bitterly disappointed by the results so far.”To choose between Shafiq or Mursi is like being asked do you want to commit suicide by being set on fire or jump in a shark tank,” Adel Abdel Ghafar, a student commentator, tweeted.